Top Ten Metal Musicians Who Died Too Soon

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All good things must come to an end, but some end too soon. All of these musicians' careers are examples of this. Here is a countdown of all of the great metal artists whose careers were tragically ended by death. These musicians will be in our hearts forever.

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1Cliff BurtonClifford Lee "Cliff" Burton was an American musician, best known as the second bass guitarist for the American thrash metal band Metallica from December 1982 until his death in September 1986.

Cliff should be #1!
Dimebag's death was absolutely tragic but his best riffs had already been seen and he couldn't have topped that. He had a fulfilling life.
Same goes for Dio, Chuck and Hanneman.
Cliff on the other hand died after Metallica's 3 albums! The best bassist ever had so much left to show the world. If he was alive Metallica would still be the same Metallica we fell in love with, not some rich lazy bamd - a7xrules

It's a bit much to say that Cliff is the best of all time. I think Geddy Lee, John Paul Jones, Flea, and Les Claypool are all better - ryanrimmel

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2Dimebag Darrell Darrell Lance Abbott, also known as Diamond Darrell and Dimebag Darrell, was an American guitarist and songwriter best known as a founding member of two bands, Pantera and Damageplan, alongside his brother, Vinnie Paul. Abbott died in 2004 after he was shot by a mentally unstable fan.
3Jeff HannemanJeffrey John "Jeff" Hanneman was an American musician, best known as a founding member of the American thrash metal band Slayer.

I literally just got back from Mayhem fest, and I saw Slayer. The amount of tribute payed to Jeff was insane - ryanrimmel

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4Chuck SchuldinerCharles Michael "Chuck" Schuldiner was an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist, best known as the founder and vocalist, guitarist and bassist of the American heavy metal band Death. He is considered the most influential figure in Death Metal, with some publications referring to Chuck as the "Godfather ...read more.
5Ronnie James DioRonnie James Dio (born Ronald James Padavona; July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010) was an American heavy metal singer, songwriter and musician. He fronted and/or founded numerous groups including Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio and Heaven & Hell. He is credited with popularizing the "metal horns" hand gesture ...read more.

He had plans for at least another 3 albums, - kempokid

6Randy RhoadsRandall William "Randy" Rhoads was an American heavy metal guitarist who played with Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot.
7Layne StaleyLayne Thomas Staley was an American musician who served as the lead singer and co-songwriter of the rock band Alice in Chains, which he founded with guitarist Jerry Cantrell in Seattle, Washington in 1987. Alice in Chains rose to international fame as part of the grunge movement of the early 1990s. ...read more.V1 Comment
8The Rev James Owen Sullivan (February 9th, 1981 - December 28th 2009), better known by his stage name "The Rev" (Short for "The Reverend Tholomew Plague") was an American musician, singer and songwriter, best known as the former drummer, backing vocalist and co-founder of the American heavy metal band Avenged ...read more.
9Dave BrockieDavid Murray "Dave" Brockie, was a Canadian musician, and best known as the lead vocalist of the metal band Gwar, in which he performed as Oderus Urungus.
10Wayne Static

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11Criss OlivaChristopher "Criss" Michael Oliva was an American musician who was the lead guitarist and co-founder of the band Savatage.
12Ingo Schwichtenberg
13Cozy PowellColin Trevor "Cozy" Powell was an English rock drummer, who made his name with many major rock bands and artists like The Jeff Beck Group, Rainbow, Robert Plant, Whitesnake and Black Sabbath.

The Octopus. One of the greatest drummers of all time. I am so sad I never got to see him live. I hope there is an afterlife just so I can see the great Rainbow lineup live. R.I.P. Cozy, Ronnie and Jimmy... - TheStargazer

14Mitch LuckerMitchell Adam "Mitch" Lucker was an American musician and lead singer for the deathcore band Suicide Silence.

I know a lot of people don't like deathcore, but this guy died at age 28. He seemed like a very nice guy, and no one deserves to die at a very young age like 28.

He made bad music but that doesn't mean he deserved to die.

15Denis 'Piggy' D'Amour
16Jani LaneJani Lane was an American recording artist and the lead vocalist, frontman, lyricist and main songwriter for the glam metal band Warrant.
17Lemmy KilmisterIan Fraser Kilmister, known as Lemmy, was an English musician, singer and songwriter who founded and fronted the rock band Motörhead.
18Paul GrayPaul Dedrick Gray, also known as The Pig or by his number #2, was an American musician, best known as the bassist and one of the founding members of the Grammy Award-winning metal band Slipknot.
19Peter SteelePetrus Thomas Ratajczyk, better known by his stage name Peter Steele, was the lead singer, bassist and composer for the gothic metal band Type O Negative.
20Dave Williams
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