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10 Musicians Who Died At 27

Rock legends are always interesting, whether they're focused on touring exploits, ridiculous backstage demands or darker leanings. One of the more macabre legends is that of the 27 Club. The notion ca

Rock legends are always interesting, whether they're focused on touring exploits, ridiculous backstage demands or darker leanings. One of the more macabre legends is that of the 27 Club. The notion came to prominence in 1994, after Kurt Cobain's suicide, and music fans started to realize that a lot of musicians died at the age of twenty-seven.  There's no overarching conspiracy theory about the 27 Club, as far as I can tell, just an awareness that, for successful musicians, twenty seven seems to  be a dangerous year. Here's ten of music's talented individuals that passed away at age 27.

10 Louis Chauvin, 1908

9 Robert Johnson,  1938

8 Brian Jones, 1969

7 Jimi Hendrix, 1970

6 Janis Joplin, 1970

5 Jim Morrison, 1971

4 Pete de Frietas, 1989

3 Kurt Cobain, 1994

2  Richey Edwards, 1995

1 Amy Winehouse, 2011

Amy Winehouse is the most recent addition to the 27 club, dying only a few years ago, in 2011. By the time she was sixteen, she'd been signed to Simon Fuller's management company, which lead to her being signed to Island Records. She won critical acclaim with her 2003 debut album, Frank, which showcased her stunning, soulful voice. Shortly afterwards, she met and entered into an infamously stormy relationship with Blake Fielder-Civil. 2006 saw her release Back to Black, which made her an international star, but by this time, her problems with drugs and alcohol were plaguing her more seriously. As the decade continued, her personal life overshadowed her professional, with videos appearing to show her smoking crack appearing online and concerts being cancelled. In 2008, she was able to kick her drug habit, but tragically could not do the same for her alcohol addiction. On July 23rd, 2011, she was found dead in her London home, and paramedics were unable to revive her. The cause of death was, despite rumors of drug overdose, determined to be alcohol poisoning, with her blood alcohol levels more than five times the legal limit.

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