Top 10 Musicians Who Died At The Age Of 27


When classic rock fans see another legend rise, another legend falls. Some musicians died young, some died old. But today, in random order, we’re looking at some of the most iconic musicians who passed away at the age of 27. Some rock fans might know the 27 Club, and that’s what this article is about. We’re looking at musicians that not only passed away young but at a common age at the time of their death. So here we go with the Top 10 Musicians Who Died At The Age Of 27.


#10 Jimi Hendrix

One of the most influential electric guitar players in the 20th century, Jimi Hendrix performed songs like “Red House,” “Fire,” “Purple Haze,” “All Along The Watchtower,” and “Hey Joe”. He was born on November 27, 1942, in Seattle, Washington. Jimi’s musical career lasted only four years because shortly after, he suddenly died in London in the United Kingdom on September 18, 1970. He drank too much alcohol and aspirated on his vomit and later died of asphyxia while diagnosed with barbiturates – and all at the age of 27. Hendrix’s death shocked his many fans and left others wondering what might have been.


#9 Ron McKernan aka, Pig Pen

Born on September 8, 1945, in San Bruno, California, this dude was the lead singer of Grateful Dead. McKernan was also known as “Pigpen” because some of his known fans said he had a funky approach to life and sanitation. Despite Grateful Dead’s immersion in the LSD culture, Pigpen was not a fan of the LSD culture himself, and he preferred his trips to be alcohol-fueled, and this habitual behavior led to his early death in 1973.


#8 Janis Joplin

Janis was born on January 19, 1943, in Port Arthur, Texas. She was known to be a rock, soul, and blues musician who was known for her songs “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Mercedes-Benz,” “Piece of My Heart,” and “Summertime”. She led her way to the top of rock and roll and her fans adored her music for all those years. Then, one day, she died of a heroin overdose on October 4, 1970. The place of her death was Hollywood, California, and her ashes were tossed at sea. People who knew her were grieving at her funeral and hugging one another, singing her songs.


#7 Jim Morrison

With his songs “Riders On The Storm,” “Whisky Bar,” “Touch Me,” “Light My Fire,” “Break On Through,” “Love Me Two Times,” and “Roadhouse Blues,” The Doors lead singer Jim Morrison made just as much success as Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix. Fans from all over the world flocked to his performances to hear him sing with his band. Morrison was born on December 8, 1943, and he grew up to be one of the most successful musicians of rock and roll history. And you won’t believe how he died. He suffered congestive heart failure in a bathtub in Paris, France, after some witnesses and officers claimed it was an accidental drug overdose. Just another strange death by another well-known musician. The cemetery has a bunch of flowers and postcards, poetry, et cetera, every day to this day.


#6 Kurt Cobain

This may be the most iconic death in rock and roll history. Kurt Cobain was the lead singer of Nirvana, and he was born on February 20, 1967. Nirvana made many successful hits with Kurt before he died. The cause of his death was suicide. He shot himself in his garage, and his fans were crushed. Another great musician had left the world too soon, and his 28th birthday was just three days away. It wasn’t until his death that a “27 Club” began to catch on in public perception. “Now he’s gone and joined that stupid club,” his mom said. “I told him not to join that stupid club.”


#5 Amy Winehouse

I bet you didn’t expect her here – or at least to the people who didn’t know she was on the club. Amy Winehouse was a British singer-songwriter who was born on September 14, 1983. She was the lucky winner of a Grammy Award for her album Back to Black. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning in London on July 23, 2011, making her one of the most recent singers to die at the age of 27. She was the most recent member of the 27 Club until 2017.


#4 Alan Wilson

He’s almost never recognized. Alan Wilson, oftentimes known as “Blind Owl”, was the lead singer of Canned Heat who performed two top hits known as “Going Up The Country” and “On The Road Again”. He was born on the 4th of July in 1943 in Arlington, Massachusetts, and it was a drug called barbiturates that ended his life. He died in Topanga, California, on September 3, 1970. Wilson had reportedly attempted suicide by driving his car off a freeway in Los Angeles. He was briefly hospitalized for significant depression and was released in a matter of weeks.


#3 Kim Jonghyun

Just another person of the 27 Club – and THE most recent. Jonghyun performed with the South Korean boy band Shinee, who performed “Atlantis”. He was born on April 8, 1990, and died in 2017 in Gangnam, just one week before Christmas. Like Kurt Cobain, he also died by suicide, and it was carbon monoxide poisoning that took his life away. South Korea went down on its knees after hearing the news of his death.


#2 Brian Jones

Brian Jones was one of the singers for the Rolling Stones who was born on February 28, 1942, in Cheltenham, UK. He was a British singer-songwriter leading the Rolling Stones with Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Bill Wyman, and Charlie Watts. Jones died of an accidental drowning at the age of 27 – IN A SWIMMING POOL. He was one of the first members of the Rolling Stones to have passed away alongside Charlie Watts, who did the same from throat cancer at the age of 80 recently.


#1 Robert Johnson

Probably one of the most iconic and covered musicians of all time, Robert Johnson was born on May 8, 1911, in Hazelhurst, Mississippi, and grew up to perform the songs such as, “Cross Road Blues,” “Love In Vain,” “Terraplane Blues,” “They’re Red Hot,” and “Malted Milk”. Johnson died in Greenwood, Mississippi, on August 16, 1938. And how he died was from drinking poisoned whiskey in a juke joint. Shocking, huh? The mystery had always shrouded his death, and it was undeclared for three decades. Some people believe that Johnson had an affair with a girl that he once dated and that her jealous husband had poisoned his whiskey. But there can always be the chance.


Here’s the timeline of these unlucky musicians who landed in the myth:

Robert Johnson – August 16, 1938.

Brian Jones – July 3, 1969.

Alan Wilson – September 3, 1970.

Jimi Hendrix – September 18, 1970.

Janis Joplin – October 4, 1970.

Jim Morrison – July 3, 1971.

Ron McKernan – March 8, 1973.

Kurt Cobain – April 5, 1994.

Amy Winehouse – July 23, 2011.

Kim Jonghyun – December 18, 2017.