- 1/12. Kurt Cobain (1967-1994) …
- 2/12. Amy Winehouse (1983-2011) …
- 3/12. Jim Morrison (1943-1971) …
- 4/12. Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) …
- 5/12. Janis Joplin (1943-1970) …
- 6/12. Robert Johnson (1911-1938) …
- 7/12. Jimi Hendrix (1942-1970) …
- 8/12. Brian Jones (1942-1969)
There are a few “members” who are always listed in “27 Club” groupings—such as Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, and Kurt Cobain—and members to come later like Amy Winehouse.
Robert Johnson (May 8, 1911 – August 16, 1938)
The American blues legend made the Mississippi Delta style famous, but his premature death near Greenwood, Mississippi, remains as mysterious as much of his short life. Robert Leroy Johnson was an American blues singer-songwriter and musician. His landmark recordings in 1936 and 1937 display a combination of singing, guitar skills, and songwriting talent that has influenced later generations of musicians
Rudy Lewis (August 23, 1936 – May 20, 1964)
The R&B singer for the Drifters sang lead on such hits as “Some Kind of Wonderful,” “Up On The Roof” and “On Broadway.” He was found dead in a Harlem hotel room of a suspected drug overdose.Rudy Lewis was an American rhythm and blues singer known for his work with the Drifters. In 1988, he was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Brian Jones (February 28, 1942 – July 3, 1969)
The founder and original leader of the Rolling Stones drowned in the swimming pool of his home in East Sussex, England.Lewis Brian Hopkin Jones was an English musician, best known as the founder and the original leader of the Rolling Stones.
Jimi Hendrix (November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970)
The rock guitarist died in London of asphyxiation while intoxicated on barbituates.
James Marshall Hendrix was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter. Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century
Jim Morrison (December 8, 1943 – July 3, 1971)
The singer, songwriter and frontman for The Doors was found in the bathtub of a Paris apartment, apparently from an accidental heroin overdose.James Douglas “Jim” Morrison was an American singer, songwriter and poet, best remembered as the lead vocalist of the rock band The Doors
Ron “Pigpen” McKernan (September 8, 1945 – March 8, 1973)
A founding member of the Grateful Dead, McKiernan died of a gastrointestinal hemorrhage at his home in Corte Madera, California.Ronald Charles McKernan, known as Pigpen, was an American singer and musician. He was a founding member of the San Francisco band the Grateful Dead and played in the group from 1965 to 1972
Jean-Michel Basquiat (December 22, 1960 – August 12, 1988)
The American graphic artist famous for graffiti-inspired paintings died of a heroin overdose in his Manhattan studio.Artist and musician Jean-Michel Basquiat died of a heroin overdose on August 12, 1988 in an apartment whose streets were lined with crack addicts. He had tried to sober up only months before, but was discovered on the floor in a pool of his own vomit with several bloody syringes in the bathroom.Jean-Michel Basquiat was an American artist of Haitian and Puerto Rican descent.Basquiat first achieved fame as part of SAMO, an informal graffiti duo who wrote enigmatic epigrams in the cultural hotbed of the Lower East Side of Manhattan during the late 1970s where the hip hop, punk, and street artcultures had coalesced. By the 1980s, he was exhibiting his neo-expressionistpaintings in galleries and museums internationally. The Whitney Museum of American Art held a retrospective of his art in 1992.
Reggie Lewis (November 21, 1965 – July 27, 1993)
Reggie Lewis was an American professional basketball player for the National Basketball Association’s Boston Celtics from 1987 to 1993.A small forward for the Boston Celtics, he suffered a sudden heart attack on the court at an off-season practice
Amy Winehouse (September 14, 1983 – July 23, 2011)
Amy Jade Winehouse was an English singer and songwriter. She was known for her deep, expressive contralto vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres, including soul, rhythm and blues, and jazz. Winehouse’s debut album, Frank, was a critical success in the UK and was nominated for the Mercury Prize.
The British R&B and soul singer, who had long battled an addiction to drugs and alcohol, died of alcohol poisoning at her London home .Long troubled with drugs and alcohol, Amy Winehouse was found dead in her London home July 23, 2011 and would later be reveled to have died of an alcohol overdose. At the time of her death, Winehouse’s BAC (blood alcohol content) was .416, far beyond any legal or recommended limits.
Anton Yelchin (March 11, 1989 – June 19, 2016)
The actor best known for playing Pavel Chekov in the big-screen “Star Trek” reboots, died in a car accident at his L.A. home .Anton Viktorovich Yelchin was an American actor. He played Pavel Chekov in three Star Trek films: Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness, and the posthumously released Star Trek Beyond. Born to a Russian Jewish family in Leningrad, Yelchin and his family moved to the United States during his infancy
Fredo Santana (July 4, 1990 — January 19, 2018)
The Chicago rapper (né Derrick Coleman) who rose to fame with his cousin Chief Keef died on in 2018. No cause of death was immediately revealed, but Santana was hospitalized three months before with kidney and liver failure
Janis Joplin (January 19, 1943 – October 4, 1970)
Janis Joplin, the legendary singer-songwriter who started with the psychedelic-acid rock band Big Brother and the Holding Company and would later go on to perform as a solo act with her own backing groups, died of an assumed heroin overdose on October 4, 1970.
The OD, influenced by alcohol and what is thought to be a particularly potent batch of heroin that incited several other overdoses, felled the singer in her Hollywood house.
Fat Pat (December 4, 1970, – February 3, 1998)
Patrick Lamark Hawkins, better known by his stage name Fat Pat, was an American rapper from Houston, Texas who was a member of DEA with his brother John “Big Hawk” Hawkins and DJ Screw, and Kay-K, all original members of the Screwed Up Click
Fat Pat was an influential rapper from Houston, and a member of Screwed Up Click, which included his brother, Big Hawk, and friend DJ Screw, who invented the chopped and screwed technique. He was murdered in 1998.
Big Hawk was similarly shot to death in 2006, and DJ Screw died of a codeine overdose in 2000.
Kurt Cobain (February 20, 1967, April 5, 1994, )
Kurt Donald Cobain was an American singer, songwriter, and musician, best known as the frontman of the rock band Nirvana. Cobain is remembered as one of the most iconic and influential rock musicians in the history of alternative music.Controversy still swirls around the death of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain who, on April 8, 1994, was found dead in his Lake Washington home by an electrician. The coroner’s report estimated Cobain’s time of death to be around April 5 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
Alan Wilson(July 4, 1943 – September 3, 1970)
Alan Christie Wilson was a co-founder, leader, and primary composer for the American blues band Canned Heat. He played harmonica, guitar, and sang with the group live and on recordings. Wilson was lead singer on Canned Heat’s two biggest U.S. hit singles, “On The Road Again” and “Going Up The Country”.
Kristen Marie Pfaff was an American musician, best known as the bassist for alternative rock band Hole from 1993 to 1994. Prior to Hole, Pfaff was the bassist and backing vocalist for Minneapolis-based band Janitor Joe.The bass player for Hole and Janitor Joe was found in her apartment, dead of a heroin overdose, by a friend on June 16, 1994.
April 8, 1990, – December 18, 2017,
Kim Jong-hyun, better known mononymously as Jonghyun, was a South Korean singer-songwriter, record producer, radio host, and author under the label SM Entertainment. He was the main vocalist of the South Korean boy band Shinee for nine years; releasing twelve albums with the group, in Korean and Japanese.
The K-pop singer and vocalist of boy group SHINee, Jonghyun Kim committed suicide by burning coal in an apartment studio. He was rushed to the hospital in a state of cardiac arrest, but was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Mia ZapataAugust 25, 1965-July 7, 1993,
In the early morning hours of July 7, 1993, Mia Zapata, the singer of punk band The Gits, was beaten, raped, strangled and left dead on the streets of Seattle blocks from tavern where she was last seen alive.Mia Katherine Zapata was the lead singer for the Seattle punk band The Gits. After gaining praise in the nascent grunge scene, Zapata was murdered in 1993 while on her way home from a music venue.
Linda Jones(December 14, 1944 – March 14, 1972)
She was an American soul-singer with a strong gospel-influenced style.
Her first recording was “Lonely Teardrops” under the name of Linda Lane on Cub Records in 1963. She was found performing at a local club by songwriter Jerry Harris who introduced her to producer George Kerr. After unsuccessful singles on Atco Records in 1964 and Blue Cat Records the following year, Kerr took her to Warner Bros. Records’ R&B subsidiary, Loma Records in 1967. The first Loma release proved to be her biggest success, the ballad, “Hypnotized” reached #4 on the Billboard R&B chart and #21 on the Hot 100. This proved to be the label’s best-selling record and it was followed by two further hits, including “What’ve I Done (To Make You Mad)” (#8 R&B, #61 pop), and an album.
After Loma closed in late 1968, Linda had a final single on the main Warner label before joining Neptune Records, run by Philadelphia producers, Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. Two singles, both produced by Kerr, saw some R&B success before she signed for All Platinum subsidiary, Turbo Records, in New Jersey in 1971. A powerful revamped version of the former Jerry Butler hit, “For Your Precious Love” reached both the R&B (#15) and pop (#74) charts in 1972 and saw her career take off again.
Linda Jones, a soul singer whose career began at age 6 as a member of the Jones Singers, died in between sets at the Apollo Theater in Harlem on March 14, 1972 after being diagnosed with diabetes.