Musicians Who Died Young
Gone Too Soon:
Musicians Who Died Young
As is the nature with the excess that can come with fame and fortune, countless musicians and artists have passed away young, either unable to handle the radical change in lifestyle or through other tragic means – be it natural causes or unavoidable accidents. Certain deaths have no doubt had a huge impact on how the industry has developed over time.
Looking at this harrowing prospect from a less morbid, and more legacy-based viewpoint, here are some musicians who died far too young.
Kurt Cobain (Age 27)
February 20, 1967 to April 5, 1994
The iconic grunge frontman and songwriter for Nirvana achieved a huge breakthrough with their second album Nevermind in 1991 which featured tracks like ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’. He battled with heroin addiction and severe depression. His body was discovered days after his suicide with a gun shot wound to the head.
Selena (Age 23)
April 16, 1971 to March 31, 1995
The queen of Tejano music was shot by a former employee, Yolanda Saldívar, while Selena was working out a financial dispute with her. Selena died from blood loss and went into cardiac arrest, but did make her way to the hotel lobby to name her assassin. During her time, the starlet broke many chart records along with barriers with Latin artists at the time.
Notorious B.I.G. (Age 24)
May 21, 1972 to March 9, 1997
While on his way to a Los Angeles party, a car pulled up next to and fired shots at the iconic rapper’s SUV. Four bullets hit Biggie and despite major surgery, B.I.G. died. His murderer is still unknown.
Amy Winehouse (Age 27)
September 14, 1983 to July 23, 2011
The soul-pop diva passed as a result of alcohol poisoning. She was found not breathing in her London residence and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Elvis Presley (Age 42)
January 8, 1935 to August 16, 1977
The king of rock ‘n’ roll was discovered unresponsive on his bathroom floor and attempts to revive him were unsuccessful. It’s suspected that years of prescription drug abuse affected his health.
Dimebag Darrell (Aged 38)
August 20, 1966 to December 8, 2004
The Pantera guitarist was shot onstage during a performance with heavy-metal band Damageplan moments into the show. Three shots to the head killed him instantly.
John Lennon (Age 40)
October 9, 1940 to December 8, 1980
The legendary singer-songwriter and Beatles member was assasinated by a gunman who shot him four times in the back of the head near his New York City apartment.
Bob Marley (Age 36)
February 6, 1945 to May 11, 1981
Melanoma under the nail of the reggae pioneer’s toe cancer eventaully spread throughout his body, causing his death. He fought it for months, until his vital functions gave out during a flight to Jamaica. He landed in Miami and died in a local hospital.
Eazy-E (Age 31)
December 8, 1943 to July 3, 1971
The N.W.A. rapper died of complications from AIDS, which he was diagnosed with a month earlier.
DJ AM (Age 36)
March 30, 1973 to August 28, 2009
One of the earliest DJs to rise to mainstream fame, the remixer/record producer was found dead in his New York City apartment, determined to be an “acute intoxication” from a combination of drugs.
Cory Monteith (Age 31)
May 11, 1982 to July 13, 2013
The beloved Glee singer/actor passed from overdosing on alcohol and heroin. He had sought treatment for substance addiction earlier that year.
Marvin Gaye (Age 44)
April 2, 1939 to April 1, 1984
The legendary soul singer was shot by his father, Marvin Gay, Sr., after the singer intervened during in an argument between his parents.
Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes (Age 30)
May 27, 1971 to April 25, 2002
The forward-thinking rapper was in a car accident in Honduras. She swerved off the road to avoid hitting a car, but was thrown from her own vehicle, dying instantly. Her final days were captured on film for a VH1 documentary later titled The Last Days of Left Eye
Rise and EunB (Ages 23 and 21)
Rise: August 16, 1991 to September 7, 2014
EunB: November 23, 1992 to September 3, 2014
The Ladies’ Code members’ van’s back wheel fell off and rainy road conditions ran the K-pop stars’ vehicle into a guardrail.
Adam Yauch (Age 47)
August 5, 1964 to May 4, 2012
The Beastie Boy rapper lost his three-year battle against a cancerous lymph node and parotid gland.
Sid Vicious (Age 21)
May 10, 1957 to February 2, 1979
The influential Sex Pistols member overdosed on heroin at a party after years of drug use.
Freddie Mercury (Age 45)
September 5, 1946 to November 24, 1991
After being diagnosed with AIDS in early 1987, the Queen frontman revealed his HIV-positive status and his battle with the disease on November 22, 1991. He died a little more than 24 hours after the statement, from bronchial pneumonia made worse from AIDS.
Bobbi Kristina Brown (Age 22)
March 4, 1993 to July 26, 2015
The daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, the aspiring singer was found unresponsive in a bathtub in January 2015. She was kept in a medically induced coma until passing while in hospice care months later.
Jim Morrison (Age 27)
December 8, 1943 tobJuly 3, 1971
The details of the Doors’ singer’s death are hazy because no autopsy was performed. He was found in a Paris apartment bathtub with his death ruled as a result of “heart failure.” His long-term girlfriend, Pamela Courson, believed the cause to be an accidental heroin overdose.
His Royal Badness was just 57 when he left us – still gigging and partying for fans up until his dying day. Restlessly creative, the ‘Purple Rain’ icon released a staggering four albums in his last two years, and we doubt he had yet more greatness to unload. Prince: 1958-2016: His Royal Badness was just 57 when he left us – still gigging and partying for fans up until his dying day. Restlessly creative, the ‘Purple Rain’ icon released a staggering four albums in his last two years, and we doubt he had yet more greatness to unload.
Ross Dawson – 1988 – 2015:
The Late of The Pier drummer tragically from a ‘tragic and sudden accident. As well as the likes of Alex Kapranos and Erol Alkan paying tribute, his : Ross Dawson – 1988 – 2015: The Late of The Pier drummer tragically from a ‘tragic and sudden accident. As well as the likes of Alex Kapranos and Erol Alkan paying tribute, his family wrote: “As well as writing and playing his own material Ross was a drummer with many other successful artists including Misty Miller, Kai Fish and most recently Zibra. Ross was a monumental force in the lives of everybody who knew him, multi-talented, modest, kind and generous; he loved and was loved by his family. The world has become a sadder place without him. He will be eternally missed by all who knew and loved him.”
Alexis Gotts – 1982 – 2015:
Wet Nuns drummer Alexis Gotts sent waves of sadness beyond the Yorkshire music scene when he died aged 32. The Yorkshire duo were local favourites around the music scene of Sheffield and Leeds – as well as finding fans throughout the UK. They announced their split in 2013. The band then revealed that drummer Gotts, known to friends as Leki, has passed away after taking his own life. Alexis Gotts – 1982 – 2015: Wet Nuns drummer Alexis Gotts sent waves of sadness beyond the Yorkshire music scene when he died aged 32. The Yorkshire duo were local favourites around the music scene of Sheffield and Leeds – as well as finding fans throughout the UK. They announced their split in 2013. The band then revealed that drummer Gotts, known to friends as Leki, has passed away after taking his own life. “It’s with a deep sadness and a heavy heart that I try to find the words to express the deep sense of grief that I feel as I come to terms with the loss of my friend, band mate and brother Leki,” wrote frontman Rob Graham.
Nick Talbot – 1977-2014:
The Warp Records artist Nick Talbot, stage name Gravenhurst, died aged just 37 after recording five acclaimed studio albums in his career, had his passing confirmed by his record label, who paid tribute alongside his manager Michelle Hilborne – who described him as Nick Talbot – 1977-2014: The Warp Records artist Nick Talbot, stage name Gravenhurst, died aged just 37 after recording five acclaimed studio albums in his career, had his passing confirmed by his record label, who paid tribute alongside his manager Michelle Hilborne – who described him as “outstandingly intelligent, compassionate, fascinating and witty, Nick was the dearest friend and his absence brings indescribable sorrow.”
Wayne Static – 1965 – 2014:
The Static-X frontman was well-respected within the world of metal, sending shockwaves throughout the industry when he died from a Wayne Static – 1965 – 2014: The Static-X frontman was well-respected within the world of metal, sending shockwaves throughout the industry when he died from a “mixed prescription drug (oxycodone, hydromorphone, alprazolam) with alcohol toxicity” at the age of 48
Alan Wass – 1983 – 2015:
Alan Wass, close friend and collaborator of Pete Doherty, passed away aged 33 following an injury obtained after falling through a glass partition at his home in Ladbroke Grove, where he severed an artery and two nerves in his arm. He was recovering in intensive care at St Mary’s Hospital, where he suffered a heart attack and died. Wass fronted his own bands The Lipstick Melodies and Left Hand as well as collaborating with The Libertines and Pete Doherty. Doherty paid tribute to Wass during The Libertines’ secret set at Glastonbury 2015.
Benjamin Curtis – 1978 -2013:
Formerly of the incredible but underrated Secret Machines before forming School Of Seven Bells, the talented singer, songwriter and guitarist tragically passed from T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma at the age of 35. “We will all miss this incredibly talented and rare person every day, but we are fortunate enough that he shared with us his music, and that is something that we can keep forever,” said the School Of Seven Bells in a a statement. He is survived by his brother Brandon, a touring keyboardist with Interpol.