Music Artists Who Died Before Their Time

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1Kurt CobainKurt Cobain was born February 20, 1967, in Aberdeen, Washington. In 1988, he started the grunge band Nirvana. He was a talented yet troubled grunge performer. Kurt Cobain became a rock legend in the 1990s with his band. He committed suicide at his Seattle home in 1994.

Kurt Cobain is your hero?! I'm a huge Nirvana fan and am a Seattle native myself, but that is the most idiotic statement of all time. Kurt Cobain: one of the greatest artist/poet/musicians of all time who was abused and neglected through out his child hood, had major stomach problems (forgot what it was exactly but it was bad) that led him to do drugs, hated himself because of the drugs he was doing but couldn't live without them (because of the health issue), and at the end killed himself because (fave the facts) he was to weak to overcome his demons. That's your hero? I think you need to get a new role model, kid.

"With the lights out, its less dangerous
Here we are now, entertain us"... and Grunge was unleashed!

- VADERtheIMPALER

I love Nirvana so much. Kurt Cobain is my hero, and I think that he was a lyrical genius. I wish that I could go back in time to meet him. His daughter is really pretty too. Somewhere I heard that some guy named El Duché was hired to kill Kurt, and then a day after the interview, he died or was killed... Weird, huh?

2Freddie MercuryFreddie Mercury was born in Stone Town, Tanzania he later became a British singer, songwriter and record producer, known as the lead vocalist and songwriter of the rock band Queen. He also became known for his flamboyant stage persona and four-octave vocal range. Before he became a singer he has been ...read more.

If only they were still alive is right. I really miss him. Kurt, Michael, Jim (Morrison), etc... All the best and greatest. Love him very much.

An amazing voice, an amazing person :( Shame he passed before his time, it was just too soon.

3Michael JacksonMichael Joseph Jackson was born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana and passed away on June 25, 2009. Michael Jackson was a singer, songwriter, producer, choreographer, entertainer and humanitarian. He donated (at least) a remarkable 300,000,000 dollars to charity. Michael is also known as The King ...read more.

Mike was the most talented singer we will ever see, every song told a story and his music was always clean and inspirational..R.I. P mike.. And that doctor should have gotten a lot more time..

This is it was about to go underway.. Gone to soon :(

4Cliff 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.V1 Comment
5John LennonJohn Winston Ono Lennon, MBE was an English singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a co-founder of the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. He was assassinated by Mark David Chapman on December 8, 1980 at age 40 .
6Dave Williams

The 1st album of drowning Pools "sinner" was one of the best albums I have ever heard myself.. And sadly he died : ( he maybe was going to be the best Nu-metal artist out there but his only album enough for me to give him my respect R.I. P you were a legend - nooreldeen

Lead singer of Drowning Pool. Realesed their first album with his vocals. He died of a hear condition while on tour of the album. Truly a death of a legend who would have made metal and hard rock history, if not for his untimley death.

7Paul 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.

We the maggots will miss you Paul. RIP

8Jimi HendrixJimi Hendrix (born November 27, 1942 - September 18, 1970) 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 ...read more.V1 Comment
9Jim MorrisonJames Douglas "Jim" Morrison was an American singer, songwriter, and poet best remembered as the lead singer of the Doors.
10Michael HutchenceV1 Comment

The Contenders

11River PhoenixRiver Jude Phoenix, born River Jude Bottom (August 23, 1970 – October 31, 1993) was an American actor, musician, and activist. He was the older brother of Rain Phoenix, Joaquin Phoenix, Liberty Phoenix and Summer Phoenix.
12Janis JoplinJanis Joplin (1943-1970) was an American singer who rose to fame as the main singer of acid band Big Brother and the Holding Company. She was known for her eccentric hippie style and psychedelic rock music.
13Captain Beefheart
14John BonhamJohn Henry Bonham was born on May 31, 1948 in Redditch, United Kingdom. Bonham (nicknamed Bonzo) was a professional hard rock drummer who was best known for being the drummer in the band Led Zeppelin. Bonham was also one of the background singers in the band. His drumming is mainly displayed on the ...read more.
15Mitch LuckerMitchell Adam "Mitch" Lucker was an American musician and lead singer for the deathcore band Suicide Silence.
16Ritchie Valens
17AaliyahAaliyah Dana Haughton was born on January 16th 1979 and died August 25th 2001. She was a dancer, an actress and an R&B singer. She was born in Brooklyn, New York, raised in Detroit, Michigan and died at Marsh Harbour, Bahamas. ...read more.
18Selena QuintanillaSelena Quintanilla-Pérez was an American singer, songwriter, spokesperson, actress, and fashion designer.
19Solomon Burke
20Dimebag DarrellDarrell 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.
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