Top 10 Musicians Who Died In the Worst Ways

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

The Top Ten

1 Cliff Burton Cliff Burton Clifford Lee "Cliff" Burton (February 10th 1962 - September 27th 1986) was an American musician, best known as the second bass guitarist for the American thrash metal band Metallica, recording three studio albums. He died in 1986 after getting crushed by a tour bus in Copenhagen whilst promoting Metallica's ...read more.

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...

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2 John Lennon John Lennon John 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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3 Dimebag Darrell Dimebag 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.

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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4 John Bonham John Bonham John 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.

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

5 Christina Grimmie Christina Grimmie Christina 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 ...read 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 :(.

6 Randy Rhoads Randy Rhoads Randall 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

7 Selena Selena Selena 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

8 Euronymous Euronymous Øystein 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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9 Chuck Schuldiner Chuck Schuldiner Charles 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.

Died of a horrible cancerous tumour. - IronSabbathPriest

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10 Buddy Holly Buddy Holly Buddy Holly, born Charles Hardin Holley (September 7, 1936 – February 3, 1959) was an American musician and singer-songwriter who was a central figure of mid-1950s rock and roll. He was a rising star when a tragic plane crash struck him down at age 22. ...read more. V 1 Comment

The Contenders

11 Keith Relf Keith 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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12 Randy 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

13 Dead (Mayhem)

This said musicians that died the worst ways. How isn't this guy top 5?

What's worse is that his dead body was used on one of Mayhem's album covers.

14 Marvin Gaye Marvin Gaye Marvin Gaye was an American singer, songwriter, and musician, and is regarded as one of the greatest singers of all time . V 1 Comment
15 Ian Curtis Ian Curtis Ian Kevin Curtis (15 July 1956 – 18 May 1980) was an English musician and singer-songwriter. He is best known as the lead singer and lyricist of the post-punk band Joy Division. ...read more. V 1 Comment
16 Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain Kurt 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.

Again, not a very horrible way to die. Yes, it is sad, but it is a very quick and painless way to die, so, why is he on this list? ANyways, R.I.P. CObain. - Alpha101

17 Elliott Smith

Stabbed in the heart with a kitchen knife. - MontyPython

18 David Bowie David Bowie David Robert Jones was born in London on January 8, 1947, the son of a fundraiser and a waitress. He died in New York on January 10, 2016 at the age of 69, a hero to millions. ...read more.

He died of cancer on Monday, so that was 2016's Blue Monday.

19 Dennis Wilson

Drowned in his boat after drinking. - MontyPython

20 Jim Morrison Jim Morrison James Douglas "Jim" Morrison was an American singer, songwriter, and poet best remembered as the lead singer of the Doors.
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