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Seven Rock Stars Who Died at the Age of 27

Where were you at age 27? I well remember where I was. In the year 2001, I was living in Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina. The year before that I had rededicated my life to Christ and while living in North Carolina, I attended a very dynamic, all-black church. Professionally, I worked as Communications Coordinator for the North Carolina Automobile Dealers Association. I was only in North Carolina for a couple of years but I would not trade that experience for anything in the world.

As far as I'm concerned, 27 was a great age! As great as it was though, I'm glad it didn't end there. There were so many more experiences awaiting me. Sadly though, for these seven rock stars, 27 is where their adventures and life's experiences did end:

  • Jim Morrison from the Doors
  • Janis Joplin
  • Kurt Cobain from Nirvana
  • Jimi Hendrix
  • Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones
  • Alan Wilson of Canned Heat
  • Gary Thain of the British rock band, Uriah Heep
Promo poster for The Doors featuring Jim Morrison

Promo poster for The Doors featuring Jim Morrison

Jim Morrison

Jim Morrison was born in Melbourne, Florida on December 8, 1943 and died in Paris, France on July 3, 1971.

Jim Morrison was the lead singer of The Doors. He was considered by some the most charismatic front man in rock music history. In 2008, he was ranked number 47 on Rolling Stone's 100 greatest singers of all time. Ironically, he could not even read music and he constantly doubted his singing ability.

The Doors formed in 1965 and two short years later, they attained popularity with the song, "Light My Fire." Besides music, Morrison also wrote poetry. He self-published two books of poetry in 1969.

Morrison continued to write music and poetry and become one of the most famous performers of the late 1960s. But his life as a rock star was not one of glamour. He was well-known for drug and alcohol abuse and for sleeping around on his long-time girlfriend, Pamela Courson. He did not have a good family life and considered them dead to him.

In 1971, with encouragement from his girlfriend, he moved to Paris to focus on his poetry. Four months later, she found him dead in the bathtub. There are still questions surrounding his death. Some say it was a heroin overdose, some say he had been sick for some time with a bad cough and died of a heart attack. No autopsy was ever performed. Three years later, Pamela Courson died at the age of 27 of a heroin overdose.

Janis Joplin

Janis Joplin was born in Port Arthur, Texas on January 19, 1943. She died in Los Angeles, California on October 4, 1970.

Janis Joplin was the lead singer of the psychedelic rock band, Big Brother and the Holding Company. She was with the band for two years before going solo in 1969. In 2008 Rolling Stone ranked her number 28 on their list of Greatest Singers of All Time. Joplin was shunned in high school and referred to herself as a misfit. While in college at the University of Texas in Austin, her profile in the campus newspaper said, "She Dares to Be Different."

Throughout her life and singing career, she continued to cultivate her rebellious manner. This included drugs like heroin and speed. She also became a heavy drinker. After a stint of being drug-free, she became addicted to heroine in 1969 - the same year her Kozmic Blues album was released. Her drinking and drug use affected her performances at Woodstock and at Madison Square Garden that same year.

In 1970, during the recording of Pearl, her best-selling album of all-time, she became engaged to Seth Morgan. They never had the opportunity to marry as she was found dead on the floor in her room at the Landmark Motor Motel from a heroine overdose.

Two great artists lost too soon.

Two great artists lost too soon.

Jimi Hendrix is often regarded as one of the greatest guitarists who ever lived.

Jimi Hendrix is often regarded as one of the greatest guitarists who ever lived.

Jimi Hendrix

Jim Hendrix was born in Seattle, Washington on November 27, 1942 and died in Kensington, Greater London, England on September 18, 1970.

Hendrix is considered the greatest electric guitarist in rock music history. He has been awarded some of the most prestigious awards during his lifetime and after his death.

As a boy, Hendrix was shy due to an unstable family life which included frequently getting moved around, his parents divorce when he was 9 and living in poverty. He received his first acoustic guitar at the age of 15. He did not graduate high school and enlisted in the army in 1961. Because of his low tolerance of authority, he was discharged from the military. After his discharge, he and his Army friend, Billy Wilcox tried to make a living as musicians.

In 1964, Hendrix moved from the Northwest to New York City where he won first prize in an amateur contest at the Apollo Theater. Three years later, his band, The Jimi Hendrix Experience which was formed in London and released its first single, "Hey Joe." "Purple Haze" was also released that same year in 1967.

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When the Jimi Hendrix Experience came to the United States, they toured with various music festivals and became the opening act for the Monkees but were later thrown off the tour. In 1969, the band broke up. Later that year, Jimi Hendrix played "The Star Spangled Banner" at Woodstock, a performance that has since been called a defining moment of the 1960s.

Hendrix was known for his perfectionism, unique fashion sense and sadly, drug and alcohol use as well. Some of his girlfriends claimed he became angry and violent when he drank and they suffered from physical abuse during his tirades.

In 1970, shortly after opening a recording studio in New York, he went on tour in Europe but seemed reluctant to perform. At one particular event, Hendrix left the stage after just two songs and told the crowd, "I've been dead a long time." He gave his final performance on September 6, 1970 and 12 days later was found dead at his girlfriend's flat at the Samarkand Hotel.

There has been much controversy surrounding his death. His girlfriend gave contradicting statements and there were also allegations that his manager had him killed. A premature statement on the BBC said Hendrix had killed himself. According to the doctor who had attended to him, Hendrix had asphyxiated in his own vomit and his airways were filled with red wine.

Brian Jones

Brian Jones was born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire on February 28, 1942 and died in Hartfield, Sussex, England on July 3, 1969.

Jones performed well academically in school but did not like to obey rules. He was suspended a couple of times for bad behavior. In 1959, he got his 14-year-old girlfriend pregnant and supposedly encouraged her to have an abortion. She put the baby up for adoption. Within the next two years, Jones quit school, traveled throughout Europe trying to play guitar for money and fathered two more children.

While living in London, Jones became friends with many rhythm and blues and jazz musicians. Jones co-founded a band called The Roosters and then in May of 1962, after inviting musicians to form a new R&B group, the Rollin' Stones were formed (the 'g' was later added to Rollin'). Jones served as the group's business manager and also played guitar and harmonica in the band. They gained popularity quickly in local blues and jazz clubs.

As Jagger and Richards became center stage, Jones slowly became estranged from the band and often felt like an outsider. He began using drugs and drinking alcohol. He suffered from asthma since childhood and was often hospitalized. He was arrested in 1967 for possession of drugs. His increased drug use and erratic behavior caused further alienation from the band. He was arrested again in 1968.

In 1969, The Rolling Stones were getting ready to tour the United States but because of his legal troubles, Jones was not able to get a visa. On June 8, 1969 he was told by Keith Richards, Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts that they were going to continue without him.

Around midnight on July 3, 1969, Jones' girlfriend, Anna Wohlin, found him at the bottom of his swimming pool where he lived at Cotchford Farm in East Sussex. When the doctor arrived, he was pronounced dead. An autopsy revealed heavy damage to his liver and heart due to drug and alcohol abuse. The coroner's report stated "death by misadventure" but there are still questions surrounding his death, including questions of murder.

Alan Wilson pictured middle right with the band, Canned Heat. This photo was used for publicity two weeks before his death.

Alan Wilson pictured middle right with the band, Canned Heat. This photo was used for publicity two weeks before his death.

Alan Wilson

Alan Wilson was born in Boston Massachusetts on July 4, 1943 and died in Los Angeles, California on September 3, 1970.

Wilson was legally blind, hence his nickname, Blind Owl. He was a music major at Boston University and often played in the folk-blues circuit. Wilson played the sliding guitar and was a vocalist but was also known as a phenomenal harmonica player. John Lee Hooker called him “the greatest harmonica player ever.” All of his musical talents were compiled on one song, "On the Road Again" when Wilson played three tamboura parts, harmonica, vocal and guitar, all recorded at separate times.

In 1965, Wilson along with his bandmates formed Canned Heat. After disbanding for about three months, Canned Heat got back together and produced their self-titled album in 1967, which received great reviews. While on their first national tour, all but Wilson were arrested for marijuana possession. In 1969, they performed at Woodstock. The band became known as blues innovators.

As a sensitive ecologist and environmentalist, he was often distraught over issues like smog and the destruction of forests. He had always suffered from depression and those issues along with struggles in personal relationships caused him to attempt suicide several times. At one point, he was in psychiatric care.

In July of 1970, the band cut "Human Condition" which was Wilson's last studio recording. On September 3, 1970 Wilson was found dead on a hillside behind the home of his band mate, Bob Hite. He died of a barbiturate overdose. It has not been established that he committed suicide since he left no note.

Gary Thain

Gary Thain was born in Christchurch, New Zealand on May 15, 1948 and died on December 8, 1975 in London, England.

As a member of the rock band, The New Nadir, Thain traveled from New Zealand to London where he once jammed with Jimi Hendrix. In 1972 he joined the British rock band, Uriah Heep. The band was performing in the United States at that time and his first gig with them was at the infamous Whiskey A Go-Go in Los Angeles.

Within the next three years, Thain performed in over 140 live performances all around the world. During this short span of time, he also got married and divorced twice and had a daughter. While on tour in Dallas, Texas in September, 1974, Thain received an electrical shock while playing on stage. Thain was known to have a heavy drug dependency. Because of that and never fully recovering from being electrocuted, he left the band three months after his accident.

He continued to struggle with his drug addiction and health problems after leaving the band. In December, 1975 he was found dead in his home from a heroin overdose.

Haunting words by Kurt Cobain.

Haunting words by Kurt Cobain.

Kurt Cobain

Kurt Cobain was born in Aberdeen Washington on February 20, 1967 and died on April 5, 1994 in Seattle, Washington.

Cobain was a product of divorce of which he was affected greatly. His father remarried after promising Cobain he wouldn't and his mother dated someone who physically abused her. His family problems poured over into school where he was considered a bully and was put into therapy.

Cobain continued in his teenage rebellion until his father placed him in the home of some friends who were devout Christians. Cobain converted to Christianity but later renounced his faith. In his last years of high school, he lived with his mother. He dropped out of school his senior year and left home, living with friends.

In 1985 at the age of 18, Cobain formed the beginnings of the band, Nirvana. Cobain often became disheartened as they weren't able to draw large crowds. Finally in 1991, the album Nevermind was released. After their success with the song, "Smells Like Teen Spirit," the band became "the flagship band" of Generation X. The band helped to create the sub-genre of alternative rock called grunge and helped pave the way for bands such as Alice in Chains, Soundgarden and Pearl Jam.

Throughout his life, Cobain struggled with many physical and emotional issues. He had chronic bronchitis as well as an undiagnosed chronic stomach condition which left him in much pain. He also had ADHD as a child and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder as an adult. He also struggled with drugs and alcohol. His first experience with drugs was at the age of 13. He had a heroine addiction by 1990.

In 1994, his wife, Courtney Love, arranged an intervention. He agreed to enter a detox program in Los Angeles. The next night he left the recovery center and wandered about without his friends and family knowing where he'd gone. On April 3rd his wife hired a private investigator to find him. On April 8, his body was discovered at home by an electrician. The coroner's report said he had died on April 5th, there was a gun at the scene, and his body was filled with heroin and Valium.

Recently Courtney Love has stated that her desire to cheat on Kurt Cobain may have played a part in his suicide.

Kurt Cobain's home where he was found dead.

Kurt Cobain's home where he was found dead.

The 27 Club

It saddens me greatly what each of these rock stars have gone through and that their lives ended so prematurely. Each of them had such wonderful gifts, unique in their own way. Along with the gifts they had though, they seemed to suffer greatly. Most of them had struggles since they were children and most of them were quite rebellious at a young age.

Instead of being fulfilled by their popularity, their success fanned the flames of destruction in each of their lives. It would seem that others in the music industry would learn from their mistakes - especially since more rockers have died at 27 than any other age. If they do not learn from history, it really begs the question, who will be next?

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Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on June 24, 2018:

DJ, Yes, if I were to ever update this article, I would certainly include her.

Daniel J Hurst from London on June 23, 2018:

Amy Winehouse.

bettyshares from Lighthearted Musings on August 15, 2014:

This is a great list of my favorite rock artist.

AlexDrinkH2O from Southern New England, USA on January 06, 2014:

You missed a big one - Pete Ham of Badfinger.

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on May 31, 2013:

ParadigmEnacted - you're welcome! Thanks for reading!

ParadigmEnacted on May 31, 2013:

I'm glad I found a hub with an official tally. Well done!

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on July 08, 2012:

SkySlave - thanks so much for your comment and for voting his hub up. I agree - you do wonder where they would be today if they were still here with us and what they would have accomplished.

Skyler DeCristoforo from Olympia, WA on July 06, 2012:

Fantastic hub on amazing musicians! Just think where they would be if they were still here with us. Its amazing how much they accomplished at such a young age when they left us. Voted up!

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on June 21, 2012:

Thanks, Ryan!

ryan on June 21, 2012:

Excellent piece..

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on March 09, 2012:

TheHeavyReview - Thanks so much for your comment. It is kind of creepy and you wonder how it could all possibly be a mere coincidence. I agree that Janis esp. looks older than 27. Thanks also for voting this up!!

TheHeavyReview on March 06, 2012:

This never fails to creep me out. A bunch of great musicians dead at 27. You did a really good job writing this! With all respect... am I the only one who thinks Jimi and Janis looked older than 27? Just something I noticed while I was looking at the pictures. Voted up, for sure!

TTC12 on October 13, 2011:

You are welcome. I am glad you wrote about Alan Wilson. I like his work. His contributions to blues music is very underrated.

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on October 13, 2011:

TTC12 - thanks so much for your comment. Some of these artists were probably some of the greatest of all time - really makes one wonder what else they might have accomplished in life had not they died so young.

TTC12 on October 09, 2011:

Sadly, so many of my favorites here. Jimi, Janis, Morrison, Alan Wilson - the music I grew up with, and was listening to as a young boy. Nice article.

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on July 28, 2011:

Truth - thanks for your comment but I do have to wonder now who is being judgemental? You tell me to change now before it's too late and to accept God's love through Christ. Well, if you had read the very beginning of this article you will read that I had rededicated my life to Christ just before turning 27.

I think if these artists truly did suffer from Bipolar it is sad that their family and close friends did not accept and support them and get them the proper help that they needed.

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on July 28, 2011:

ChillieP - thanks for your comment. When I first heard the news about Amy Winehouse, I automatically wondered if she was 27. It's all just a little eerie, isn't it?

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on July 28, 2011:

Evil Stepmother - thanks so much for your comment. Like you, I am over 30 and can't imagine my life ending now with so many hopes and dreams yet to live out. The lives of these musicians that ended early were some of the best for what they did. I don't really believe in astrology or numerology but I do believe that coincidences happen for a reason - much of the time only God knows that reason.

Truth on July 26, 2011:

You are so judgmental and wrong. These ALL died due to not being treated in time for bipolar disorder, a chronic mental illness which is 2nd only in seriousness to schizophrenia. You misunderstand the gift of freedom of expression and call it rebellion because it doesn't fit into a society that is a box with no creativity. You misunderstand self-medicating out of desperation and think it's partying. You don't get it. You're not helping the problem with your lack of acceptance and support. These kids need treatment and love, not your judgment. Change now before it's too late! Accept God's love through Christ and be changed.

ChillieP on July 26, 2011:

Very interesting. Thank-you for that. I guess I am the first one to suggest that you would need to add Amy Winehouse to that list. Though personally I dont know anything about her. Im told she was very talented but not very artistic. Yes I remember now, at age 27 I had long hair and a beard and was living out on the road in a horse-drawn wagon.

Evil Stepmother from New Jersey on July 25, 2011:

Kurt Cobain was my favorite singer. His death at such a young age, when I too was still young (a teenager) was a tragedy I'll never forget. Anyone with that much talent should have been able to live longer and grace us with it.

I feel the same way about the others, too. Their deaths were way too soon, and we missed out on a lot of great, now un-made music because of them.

The coincidence of the age may or may not have some meaning (if you are that into philosophy or astrology, I will let you figure it out). It was one more thing to have in common besides their talent. I would rather them have old age in common, however.

I am over 30 now, and most of the time glad I made it. I might not have the ability to entertain the world, but there is still more left to do in this life. For me, for you, and it should have been the same for them.

We can only imagine what the music world would be like had these stars lived longer. I do not believe many current singers can compare.

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on June 20, 2011:

CaravanHolidays - You are right - they were some of the most talented. Thanks for your comment.

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on June 20, 2011:

amymarie_5 - thanks so much for your comment. I found out about the 27 club just recently when I wathed a documentary on Jim Morrison. When I started looking into it, I was amazed at all the musicians who died at this fateful age. It does make you wonder what they call could have done if they had reached their 30s.

CaravanHolidays from Wales UK on June 20, 2011:

Great Hub - it's a shame Nick Drake died at 26 otherwise he could have been included - which would have also meant that an extra year on this earth would have provided some more great songs. As noted above, these weren't just stars who died at 27, but some of the most talented individuals to have graced this murky earth with their presence over the past century.

Amy DeMarco from Chicago on June 19, 2011:

I remember being at a bar with my friends the night before my 28th birthday. At midnight, when I tured 28, we toasted the "27 Club", all who shouldn't have died so young. Morrison, Cobain, Joplin, Hendrix are all my heroes, such talent. It's a shame. Life gets better when you enter your 30s. Who knows what they could have become. I think it's a coincidence that they all died at 27 but a very freaky one. Great hub. Voted up :)

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on February 28, 2011:

II_Padrino - Crazy - the phenomenon has even taken place in Poland!

Il_Padrino on February 27, 2011:

Ryszard Riedel - polish Jim Morrison. He also died whe he was 27. Also because of drugs. Listen some songs of his group - "D?em".

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on January 07, 2011:

TurtleDog - thanks for your comment and for rating up! I really appreciate it.

TurtleDog on January 06, 2011:

Some of these musicians I had forgotten all about. Thanks for writing this post. voted UP

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on November 23, 2010:

HealthyHanna - thanks for your comment. They live on through their music and like you said, hopefully the lessons of their lives live on as well.

HealthyHanna from Utah on November 23, 2010:

It is sad to see lives lost at such a young age. But, their music lives on, and maybe the lessons of their lives.

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on November 19, 2010:

Carrie.M - thanks for your comment. I think you are right - there is a fine line between the creative mind and a tendency or susceptibility between drugs and alcohol. So many creative people tend to have struggles with one kind or an addiction or another. Great insight.

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on November 19, 2010:

Michael - thanks for your comment. Yes, I would say that an addictive personality plus lots of fame and fortune plus drugs being so readily availabe is a deadly combination.

Carrie.M from MI, United States on November 17, 2010:

Creative talent can be such a burden for some people. Or maybe it is the fine emotional and psychological line they walk that makes them such creative geniuses and so susceptible to drugs and alcohol.

michael ely from Scotland on November 16, 2010:

Hi Cari Jean, Yes 27 always seems to be THE age that most of the "before their time" musicians go. i remember reading an article and it gave a list of famous musicians that had died at certain ages, and some other years had a few mentions but i think 27 was the top of this list by a big margin. You wonder if the body only has a small amount of time to exist while consuming vast amounts of drugs and alcohol. Probably 3 or 4 years at the top of a music career could be fatal in addictive personalities. Michael.

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on November 14, 2010:

cristina - thanks so much for your comment, it is great to hear from you! Drugs and alcohol are both so destructive and addiction is a very sad and terrible thing.

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on November 14, 2010:

James - thanks so much for your comment - it means a lot coming from a music guru like yourself! Sobering is a very good word to describe this article.

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on November 14, 2010:

Kaye - I was really shocked about all I learned about Kurt Cobain while doing research for this article. He led a very sad life and to think he would only be about 40 years old today and probably still very influential.

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on November 14, 2010:

Josh H - WOW! Great to hear from you! I found your website very intriguing and was surprised to find out just how many rock stars have actually died at 27. It is amazing how influential they remain today. Thanks so much for your comment.

Cristina Santander from Manila on November 14, 2010:

This is indeed an excellent hub which presents great wealth of information. It is very disgusting to know how drugs destroy the life and career of those talented musicians. They have not even reached the half of their lifespan. Thank you for sharing this interesting hub. Blessings and best regards.

James A Watkins from Chicago on November 13, 2010:

This is an outstanding Hub. It was especially interesting to learn more about Wilson and Thain. Thank you for a good, if sobering, read.

Josh H on November 13, 2010:

Great piece Cari and thank you for referencing our website You have honed in on some of the major personality traits that the artist exhibited. It truly is sad that these creative sparks were cut short at 27 years. I still find it quite incredible how inspirational their lives/creations still are today. All the best and thanks for letting me post!

Kaye on November 13, 2010:

I wonder how Kurt Cobain would have ended up in the music industry had he been alive.

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on November 12, 2010:

AnthonyJ.Langford - Sadly, yes it does go on. It can happen at any age. Thanks for your comment.

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on November 12, 2010:

beccas90 - thanks for your comment, it's right on.

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on November 12, 2010:

sheila b. - thanks for your comment. I am actually pretty stunned so many rockers died at this age. It's sort of eerie.

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on November 12, 2010:

suejanet - I think some of them start using before they become successful but after they do gain popularity, it just escalates and then suddenly, it is too late. Thanks for your comment.

AnthonyJ.Langford from Sydney, Australia on November 12, 2010:

Yes, tragic.

Nick Drake just missed out. He was 26.

Jeff buckley was 30. It just goes on really.

beccas90 from New York on November 11, 2010:

This was quite a trip for me. Self destruction in full gear.

sheila b. on November 11, 2010:

Interesting that these people all died at 27. I like the bios you wrote.

suejanet on November 10, 2010:

They get successful, famous and then they get hooked on drugs and alcohal and lose their lives.

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on November 10, 2010:

Ken - hey! Great to hear from you. Kinda crazy isn't it? I heard about Morrison, Joplin and Hendrix all being 27 on a Jim Morrison documentary and then found out there were even more of them who died at that age. Thanks for your comment!

Ken R. Abell on November 09, 2010:

I read most of this yesterday when I was on the road, but then lost the connection before I could comment.

I had not realized that--especially Morrison, Joplin, & Hendrix--were twenty-seven. Weird. And sad.

Thanks for the reminder of the precious nature of life.

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on November 09, 2010:

Hello, hello - I think many of them were on drugs even before making a name for themselves because they struggled from things in their childhood that never got resolved. I'm sure after they became so popular the drugs were more readily available and from there it was a downward spiral. Thanks for your comment!

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on November 09, 2010:

Elena - thanks so much for stopping by! They contributed much to music and it would be interesting to see where they would be now had their lives not ended so young and so tragically.

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on November 09, 2010:

DeBorrah - so good to hear from you! I totally agree with you that the void they had in their lives was Jesus. I've heard that when people don't get all their needs met as children they tend to turn toward destructive behavior to fill that need. If only they realized Jesus could fill all of those needs! Thanks so much for you comment.

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on November 09, 2010:

saddlerider1 - thanks so much for your comment. It's sad too that oftentimes it is so obvious they are addicted but nobody around them acknowledges it or tries to help. Courtney Love tried to help her husband but by then it was much too late. I think its important to do something about it before it gets so bad.

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on November 09, 2010:

Pamela - thanks so much for your comment. It is sad because it seems the dream they were striving for is what did them in with all of the pressure and the popularity. Their dreams were short-lived.

Hello, hello, from London, UK on November 09, 2010:

I never know why they on drugs after they made a name for themselves. Thank you for your super tributes to these great musicians.

Elena from London, UK on November 09, 2010:

Beautifully Written but Sad. They all contributed a lot to Music. It's nice to read about them again.

Best Wishes. :)

Elder DeBorrah K Ogans on November 08, 2010:

Cari Jean, Wonderful presentation! How sad and unfortunate that so many of these talented artists were so pain ridden by their unresolved issues that this led them to drug addictions and... As you say; "It saddens me greatly what each of these rock stars have gone through and that their lives ended so prematurely. Each of them had such wonderful gifts, unique in their own way. Along with the gifts they had though, they seemed to suffer greatly. Most of them had struggles since they were children and most of them were quite rebellious at a young age." So true!

You would think that their early deaths would deter others from this path? No doubt that they had a great void... I truly believe that there is a void within each of us that only God can fill...

Thank You for sharing, In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!


saddlerider1 on November 08, 2010:

I agree drug addiction leads to many emotional problems. The lifestyle of rockers lends itself to the drug scene and it's to easily available. The fast life and constant deadlines, night life, drugs,sex and booze often will push them over the edge as it did in the cases you provided here. Some are questionable deaths, however drugs and booze KILL and it won't stop. Thanks for this share, interesting for sure.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on November 08, 2010:

Cari, It is so sad that so many lives are lost to drugs usually when they are 27 and in the music business. They were all so talented and should have had long successful great lives. I didn't know there were so many at that age even though I remember their deaths. Very good hub.

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