Greatest Rocker Who Died of Alcohol or Drugs

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1Jimi 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.

I thought he committed suicide. - SammySpore

JIMI BABY YOUR LOVELY FLYING HIGH AND IT'S A TRAGEDY YOUR DEATH IS ALSO CONSIDERED A MURDER. SOB SOB

He was and still is #1! I didnt know Moon died... when did this happen? - fireinside96

I also think he is good.

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2Layne 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.

My absolute favorite dead rock star. Staley was so under-rated by the media, but he really wasn't looking for that anyway. It's just his fans that want him to receive the praise that he is due. Amazing vocal talent, always copied but never duplicated. RIP Layne

This man has struggled with heroin addiction for years and even though in his later days he was dope sick in 1996 he still kicked ass on stage with his haunting voice even if he was withered and weak but sadly he lost his battle to drugs and I hope he is in a better place

Most unique voice in rock history and a very talented musician. His story is so sad.

3Elvis PresleyElvis Presley was a American musician and actor. Known as "The King" He was mostly known for his number 1 singles including "Heartbreak Hotel" "Hound Dog" "Jailhouse Rock" "Love me Tender" Elvis debuted in the movie "Love me Tender" and focused less on his music and continued that way. ...read more.

The King of Rock N Roll. He started it all

4Jim MorrisonJames Douglas "Jim" Morrison was an American singer, songwriter, and poet best remembered as the lead singer of the Doors.

He defined the Rock as a great vehicle for the Poetry; his genius made possible to superimpose and differentiate images of love and pain, abandonment and redemption, life and death.
Poet Musician,,, economy of words,,, fluency of images. King Lizard FOREVER

No one can replace jim morrison. He is one of the best singer writer poet. The one who define the love and pain in love. But we loose him so early. I wish I could had see him live. God give him peace

the world lost a great singer and songwriter...nobody will ever take the place of jim morrison - jwileson

5Bon ScottRonald Belford "Bon" Scott was a Scottish-born Australian rock musician, best known for being the lead singer and lyricist of Australian hard rock band AC/DC from 1974 until his death in 1980. He was born in Forfar and lived in Kirriemuir, Scotland, for 5 years before moving to Melbourne, Australia, ...read more.

the most legendary rocker ever had to go out 8 days after a great performance of highway to hell, he lived my dream

he was very good in AC/DC and is better than bryan aswell - rockisgood132

No One is better than my dead idol. He's No. 1

Good but Bryan much better.

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6John 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.

Soo sad, he was so great and legendary! - iTunesJunky

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8John EntwistleJohn Alec Entwistle, was an English singer, songwriter, composer, musician, film and music producer. He is mostly known as the lead bassist for the rock band The Who.

Awesome bassist. He influenced all modern bassists and was was voted bassist of the millenium. - dannydeloughry

9Janis 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.V1 Comment
10Phil LynottPhilip Parris "Phil" Lynott was an Irish musician, singer and songwriter. His most commercially successful group was Thin Lizzy, of which he was a founding member, the principal songwriter, lead vocalist and bassist.

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11Jimmy 'The Rev' Sullivan

The greatest drummer and musician... He will be missed for all the thing he did for us and Avenged Sevenfold... He's not just anyone he is the rev and the greatest musician in the world... Listen to songs by a7x and listen to why he's the best!

A truly talented drummer who died of an accidental overdose on prescription drugs and alcohol...
RIP Jimmy. Avenged Sevenfold and the fans will never be the same without you.
A7X and Jimmy foREVer xx

12Shannon Hoon

It was tragic to lose a talent and soul like Shannon Hoon. He has touched so many lives with his words and music. Shannon's words saved and changed my life in so many ways. And I'm not alone.

13Sid ViciousJohn Beverly, born John Simon Ritchie, later named Sid Vicious, was an English musician, most famous as the bass guitarist of the influential punk rock band the Sex Pistols, and notorious for his arrest for the alleged murder of his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen.
14Amy WinehouseAmy Jade Winehouse was an English singer and songwriter known for her deep expressive contralto vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres, including soul, rhythm and blues, and jazz.V1 Comment
15Brad Nowell

The members Sublime and the world of music were never the same. - Bboymakinwitthefrekfreak

16Mike StarrMichael Christopher "Mike" Starr was an American musician, best known as the original bassist in Alice in Chains, which he played with from the band's formation in 1987 until 1993.
17Michael 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.V1 Comment
18Rory GallagherWilliam Rory Gallagher was an Irish blues and rock multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and bandleader.
19Paul 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.

He was on one of the greatest metal bands of our time... He will be missed and he will always be my favorite bassist...

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1. Jimi Hendrix
2. Elvis Presley
3. Jim Morrison
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1. Layne Staley
2. Jimi Hendrix
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1. Keith Moon
2. Layne Staley
3. John Bonham
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