Top 10 Musicians Who Died In the Worst Ways

This list examples the horrible ways musicians died! R.I.P to all these amazing guys/gals!

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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.

Flying out a bus window, then having the bus fall on him not once, BUT TWICE. - MontyPython

I really can't imagine the pain he had to experience in the last minutes of his life in that bus...

He was sleeping so it could not really have been that bad, maybe it was. - Music_Lover123

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2John 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 .

Actually, getting shot isn't that bad a way to die. Not sure why he's on this list, but his death is still incredibly tragic. - Alpha101

Murdered by gunshot when with his wife, Yoko Ono, outside of a hotel. - MontyPython

Outside of a residential hotel where he made his home, while he was returning to be with his young son. Shot by a deranged, delusional "fan" - Billyv

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3John 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 more.

He had alcohol poisoning, choked on his own puke, then soon caused him to die in his sleep. I didn't put him high on the list because I'm a huge Led Zeppelin fan, it's because that's just horrible. - MontyPython

4Dimebag 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.

Shot onstage while performing, and his own brother had to watch it from behind the drums. That's horrifying - ryanrimmel

Pantera guitarist was shot onstage while performing! R.I.P. Dimebag. - Metal_Treasure

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5Christina GrimmieChristina Victoria Grimmie (March 12th 1994 - June 11th 2016), known on YouTube as zeldaxlove64, was an American singer-songwriter known for participating in The Voice and for her covers of hit songs by contemporary pop musicians. She was shot dead during a meet-and-greet in Orlando, Florida, by fan more.

Getting shot by a deranged fan whilst she was signing autographs to her fans and not to mention her own brother being there when she was shot is just flat-out devastating. Her brother tackled the attacker, which did save the lives of others, but he couldn't save his sister. That's just heartbreaking :(.

6SelenaSelena Quintanilla-Pérez was an American singer, songwriter, spokesperson, actress, and fashion designer.

Shot by her best friend/fan club manager... Ouch! - MontyPython

I think her killer was mad at her about something. - SapphireGrim

7Randy RhoadsRandall William "Randy" Rhoads was an American heavy metal guitarist who played with Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot.

The guy got blown apart in a plane crash. And worst of all, he was only 25 meaning (Like Cliff Burton) he still had a lot of potential left to show the world for :(. - CrimsonShark

8EuronymousØystein Aarseth, who went by the pseudonym Euronymous, was a Norwegian guitarist and co-founder of the Norwegian black metal band Mayhem.

I don't care about him because he wasn't much better than his murderer (Varg Vikernes) but Varg was his colleague and this type of death is really painful and sadistic. The list title says "who died in the worst ways". - Metal_Treasure

This crazy satanism got stabbed over 30 times. I don't really care about him but he died brutally

He died in the most metal way possible. LOL - ryanrimmel

He was a psycho, but damn was his death painful.

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9Buddy HollyCharles Hardin Holley, known as Buddy Holly, was an American musician and singer-songwriter who was a central figure of mid-1950s rock and roll.V1 Comment
10Keith Relf

Not "just" electrocution, he was rehearsing in the bathtub with his plugged-in electric guitar!

He was killed by electrocution. - MontyPython

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11Marvin GayeMarvin Gaye was an American singer, songwriter, and musician, and is regarded as one of the greatest singers of all time .V1 Comment
12Randy California

He did indeed die a hero, and saved his 13-year old son from dangerous Hawaiian surf. His body was never recovered.

Drowned in the ocean while trying to save his son. - MontyPython

13Ian CurtisIan Kevin Curtis was an English musician and singer-songwriter. He is best known as the lead singer and lyricist of the post-punk band Joy Division.V1 Comment
14Chuck 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 more.

Died of a horrible cancerous tumour. - IronSabbathPriest

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15Elliott Smith

Stabbed in the heart with a kitchen knife. - MontyPython

16TupacTupac Amaru Shakur, also known as 2Pac, was an American rapper and actor born on June 16, 1971 in East Harlem, New York. Tupac sold over 75 million records worldwide and has been referred to in multiple major publications such as Rolling Stone as one of the greatest music artists of all time. 2Pac was more.V1 Comment
17Dennis Wilson

Drowned in his boat after drinking. - MontyPython

18The Notorious B.I.G.Christopher George Latore Wallace, better known by his stage name, The Notorious B.I.G (a.k.a. Biggie Smalls), is consistently ranked as one of the best rappers of all time. The Notorious B.I.G was born May 21, 1972, he was born in Brooklyn, New York. At the age of 24 The Notorious B.I.G was murdered more.V1 Comment
19Michael 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 more.

The King of Pop got burnt at a concert. That's gotta be a painful way to die at a concert. :( - ModernSpongeBobSucks

And that's how he died? Better notify the authorities and correct the medical examiner's report - Billyv

20Harry Chapin

Died when his car was hit from behind by a tractor-trailer truck. Glass went through his heart. He also had a heart-attack either just before, during or after the collision. - Billyv

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