Top Ten Saddest Musician Deaths

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The ten saddest deaths of any musician. Any death in the music world, besides old age, can be added. Be sure to add the band, if the artists name isn't in the band name. Don't agree with the list? Vote for an existing item you think should be ranked higher or if you are a logged in, add a new item for others to vote on or create your own version of this list.

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1
Hideto Matsumoto (X-Japan)
An absolutely stunning lyricist, a great guitarist, and such a vibrant appearance and attitude -- a person who could be wild and crazy on stage, but logical and kind off of it. 14 years after his death, he continues to have and to gain fans and inspire many.

It's entirely possible he could have been seen as a worldwide legend like many others on this list if his life hadn't been cut short or if more of the world had been more open-minded about Asian musicians back in the 1980s/1990s.
I think it's enough to say that after almost 15 years that he passed away, (December 13, 1964 - May 2, 1998) people still mourn his death, and people who know him recently, wish that he was still alive. And even after all this time, his legacy and the love of all his fans remains.
Miss you so much.
Fight! Fight!
X japan thailand fans.

mamamumu

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I cried too many nights for him... He was so young and talented. His death was a terrible shock :(
I believe he's watching us from the heaven.
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2Kurt Cobain (Nirvana)
If Cobain had lived another ten years, we wouldn't have to listen to nickelback or lil wayne. Think about that

timfitzpatrick

I was born in 1999 so I wasn't around when he was but I still look up to him and although he is dead now his story and his music will never die there are other great bands out right now that were inspired by nirvana and they are all great bands. Kurt Cobain will always be one of my favorite musicians.
KuRt Cobain was the best singer at that time and would have been a legend if he had the chance to live. I have full evidence that his wife killed him with various technics. But it is not possible for me to case a file that is old. But in after life, there will be judgement.
[Newest]Though He was dead when I knew him for the first time I was so upset and I wished he was alive... Because it is so sad that I will never be able to see him in the concert and he will never make music again..
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3John Lennon (The Beatles)
John Lennon's death was by far the most tragic. He was shot out of the clear blur sky when he was going home to see his son. That is beyond sad. John Lennon was a true musician. He touched people with his honest lyrics that inspired everyone to think. Imagine if John Lennon was still alive, the world would be a better place.
It s really horrible to rank who's death was the most tragic but lennon's pointless murder and the fact that he literally changed the world and only wanted peace makes it the saddest. Mickeal jackson's death wasn't as tragic because his whole life was tragic I mourn the pain he went through since he was a kid. Freddy is tragic because he was a legend and he died from aids horribly. Jim morrison is second because he was my idol.
John Lennon didn't die of a drug overdose. He didn't commit suicide. He was ready to go. He was shot. And he had so much more going for him. He was recording Double Fantasy. And he was so excited about it. He went home early instead of going out to eat so he could go tuck Sean into bed and see him before he fell asleep. And instead he was shot in the back and he died. So no musician death is more saddening than John Lennon's. Because he had so much more to share with us. Happy Birthday John I miss you terribly.
[Newest]The worst part is that they guy only killed him to be famous, and he waited beside lennon's dead body so he would become well known as the man who killed john lennon. also he wanted to test just how peaceful lennon was by giving lennon a chance to defend himself, and he didn't, which, come to think of it, was pretty dumb on john lennon's behalf. I mean if a guy points a gun at you and gives you a chance to defend yourself, you take it.
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4Michael Jackson
This should have been number one this is by far the most saddest death in history I was shocked when I heard theat michael jackson died and I'm only 11 years old
That's a shame for real
A legend has gone
His death was truly tragic, but come on. Don't go calling people stupid just because they miss Kurt Cobain or John Lennon more, anonymous commenter.
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He was the king of pop! And stupid heads.. He didn't bleach himself he got a disease call vitiligo that turned you white. LOOK IT UP!. Rest in peace MJ and remember haters are gonna hate.
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5Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan
He was an extremely talented drummer! This wasn't his only talent, though - he was an exceptional songwriter, too! He wrote the masterpiece known as "A Little Piece of Heaven, " my favorite song by A7X and basically of all time. Oh Jimmy... Why'd you have to go? Sadly it happens to the best of us... Not garbage like Nicki Minaj and Pitbull! )'=
Jimmy truly was talent. He was so skilled in so many different interments. He was the writer of most of Avenged Sevenfolds songs. He even had his own band before A7X pinkly smooth.
He was at legendary drummer and songwriter and in my opinion he sings better than shadows. he was a funny guy that could have been the greatest drummer to EVERYBODY but medical conditions said otherwise.
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6Bon Scott
he was the greatest singer for acdc he was the one that made them famous in the first place and now he can't see there success now. RIP bon scott

Rocky5

Bon Scott is an absolute legend. He didn't deserve to die so young. Ride On, Bon!
Ride On, Bon and Rock In Peace!
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7Freddie Mercury
4%?! This guy was THE most influential singer of the 80s, and his death was as shocking as anything to the public world. Who knows how many more classics Queen could have created if he never died? This is a tragedy of THE greatest characters and showman in music history.
Whoever did not cry at the announcement of his death has no heart. I was so sad when I first found out. My brother told me since I was born too late.
He is the best there is at what he does. So glad Queen won the lifetime music achievement award at 2010. This is a great musician. He had A.I.D.S.R.I. P Freddy Mercury. My number one. Forever. (weeps uncontrollably)
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Who is X-Japan? Mecury all the way
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8Cliff Burton (Metallica)
In my opinion he had the worst death because he got crushed by his own tour bus! R.I. P
burton was taken way too soon man, in the prime of his career and when metallica was just getting really popular.

andrewXmetallica92

Improved every album. Just imagine how insane he would be at the time of Death Magnetic. Instead of a Kirk solo every song, they would have 4 Cliff solos per song. Also never got to see Metallica earn a Diamond Album. So much in thrash could have changed if it weren't for his death.
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Playing cards with Krik hameett... And wont the game. Burton won Hammet's bed... And when the bus crashed it crushed Hamett's side... If Burton was there Metallica wudda been thousand x badass... RIP Cliff
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9Layne Staley (Alice in Chains)
As sad as I am and how I wish that he's still here, I'm just thankful a local god descended this earth to touch our hearts and change our lives and the music world forever. For fans, we just see the amazing, funny, intense and great personality he has. At his best, he was very happy so that's a comfort. He lived life the way he wanted and saw it - no pretense and no compromise. He was so blatantly honest and real that his music and lyrics reflected it. No amount of money, fame and success that these "musicians" have nowadays will ever equal to the kind of life Layne has attained in his short but very significant life he lived. R.I.P. layne, we will love you forever...
Layne Staley was and still is the voice of my generation. He had one of the most incredible voices. The world lost a great talent 9 1/2 years ago. Sadly his cause of death has overshadowed his talent, maybe someday they will give him the credit he is due. Hopefully others will find his music and enjoy the gifts he gave us so long ago. RIP Layne - You are missed...
Layne Staley had the most beautiful power voice God ever gave a human. I can only imagine the music he would still be making if was still here with us. Thankfully we have what we do have of him. Will always be my favorite musician. Thank You Layne!
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10Paul Gray (Slipknot)
Seriously? How is paul not on the list? He was one of the best musicians ever. I do not know how he is not on the list.
Paul grey was and is an inspiration, he will be deeply missed and remembered for many years to come. He was a good piece of the backbone of slipknot and from what I've heard an amazing friend and band
Mate. He lives on in the music and in the hearts of the fans.R.I.P to the coolest guy in a pig mask to ever play drums.

The Contenders

11Tupac
Brains, charisma and super talented. Tupac may be remembered as a gangsta rapper but in reality he was a renaissance man. Not only involved in music but he was an up and coming actor who was also planning on releasing a book of poetry before his untimely passing. A true legend taken from us before his time. May you forever Rest In Peace Mr Tupac Amaru Shakur
He is the best we will ever have. There will never be any greater.R.I.P. tupac Shakur. You will be forever loved and missed.
Whoever did this will eventually pay. R. I. P.

3anegroes

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Who the hell is bonscott
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12Steve Clark
After his death the leppard's never sound good as it was with him.

13Randy Rhoads
Like Robert Johnson and Buddy Holly who died before him, Randy Died far too young. whilst many musicians on this list died with numerous albums under their belts, Randy died producing very little for the industry. What Randy made during his time with Ozzy was brilliant, but Imagine what he could've done afterwards. He wanted to go to university to play classical guitar, imagine the albums he could make. The guy was brilliant and did not deserve to die. Bon Scott and Freddie Mercury had done a lot for the industry and whilst their deaths were sad, I feel Randy's death is sadder because of not only his age, but how much of an impact he made with his short time with us, when he had so much more in him. Rest in peace to all those mentioned on this list.
One of the flashiest metal guitarists ever. Made music entertaining, always will be a legend
Think about what he did in the short time he was as given. If he was still alive, imagine what he would of accomplished. Now we'll never know :'(
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14Whitney Houston
Sad. She was an amazing singer, a great role model, an astounding, great person, and one of the greatest musicians of all time. She wasn't just a singer, she was a mother. She raised a child. She is amazing. WHY DID SHE HAVE TO DIE! :(
Whitney's voice can't miss her the best singer she is interesting people in history and her pure voice in the song makes the song beautiful and it she needs to die because she is retiring in music

RockAngel

She had one of the best voices of all times and I was so sad when she died, I just couldn't believe we lost such a big and unique voice.
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I will always love her music!
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15Dimebag Darrell
R.I. P brother dime, you didn't deserve it
We all Miss you Dimebag. R.I. P The greatest man of all time.
The saddest death in history, No more pantera and even if there was it wouldn't be the same without you dime R.I. P Dime, you didn't diserve it
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Dimebag was murdered on stage this is shocking
R.I.P Darrell (1966 - 2004)
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16The Notorious B.I.G.
God please give us back biggie and we'll give you back JB, lady gaga, lil wayne, and katy perry I mean come on god you can't turn that down you get 4 people for the price of one
Why the hell isn't this higher!

17Big L
Such a talented rapper, to get gunned down in a revenge act just before you sign a major record deal is just the worst case of luck I've ever heard. R.I. P

18Selena
It's just so sad! She was young and naive and trusted everyone! It's how she died that made me sad. I also saw a video of how she might be in Hell. I couldn't even watch the whole thing. It said not to listen to her music, because then she'll get tortured more. I'm 12 years old, but I don't want to listen to her music. Not that I don't like it. But I want to respect her. We'll miss you Selena.
She was going to be more famous than Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Eminem, Tupac, Selena Gomez, ane Justin Bieber combined! She was also going to be a great role model, but unfortunately, her death came to be. We miss and love you Selena!
Shes still talked about a lot in the latino community.. We'll never forget the Queen of Tejano
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19Keith Moon (The Who)

20Bob Marley
Song of the millenium

21Jimi Hendrix
Jimi should be in the top 2, with John Lennon. Only 27 years old, he is without question the greatest guitarist that ever lived. He only lived to produce 3 albums (Are You Experienced? , Axis: Bold as Love, Electric Ladyland) and those albums are considered some of the greatest albums in popular music history, as well as having a tremendous influence on what rock would become. Imagine if he lived.
Guitar genius, The Guitar God, achieved so much success in a short career of just 4-5 years!
Others take it a lifetime to achieve!
He was only 27 when he died. Imagine what other music he could of done and icon he would have been

22Elvis Presley

23Jim Morrison (The Doors)
Jim Morrison of the Doors
He had amazing lyrical ability and sadly died of a heroin overdose. He was one of the most famous people from the 27 club, including Curt Kobain.R.I.P. all dead musicians.

24John Bonham (Led Zeppelin)
He was amazing just wish he was around a bit longer like amazing guy he will be missed by many

mneilan

Come on! his death signaled the end of led zeppelin's career! how is that not sad?

abbytoledo1293

I always wonder what zeppelin would have achieved if he was still alive..

25Brad Nowell (Sublime)
Incredibly talented, brilliant writer, skilled guitarist and great vocalist. Very versatile musician. Throw on Sublime at any party and hard to beat the mood. Tragic loss, cut too short.
Greatest musician. Life cut short just as he makes it big time. How is he not higher?
Of he wouldn't have died. The music world would be totally different
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26Mitchell Adam Lucker (Suicide Silence)
One of the most tragic deaths in metal history. We miss you Mitch. R.I.P.
This guy should be in the top 10 he is an inspiration to everyone who likes the band and should be shown a lot of reapect for what he did for people
Definitely one of the most tragic events in deathcore history - something people won't shut up about..
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27Aaliyah
Aaliyah ' s Death Shocked The World Including me

I Cried Because She's Been A Role Model To Me And Inspired Others

She Was Only 22 When She Died R.I. P To Ms. Aaliyah Haughton
She was truly an amazing artist as well as an individual! Very beautiful and talented. She had the whole package singing, acting, and just being real 24/7.
Rest in peace to Aaliyah and all of the other people that also died in the airplane crash. She was the best and allways will be. WE LOVE YOU BABY GIRL!

28Hillel Slovak
Original guitarist from RHCP got beat by heroin

Chickenlegs

Formed the greatest band of all time!
If he was dead a year later, he would join the group of 27
Why conldn't he survive just 1 year?
He is one of the greatest greatest of that time.

29Chuck Schuldiner
He is the one who shows us the right way and what human really is. He is a philosopher, take a look of his songs. What the hell is wrong with you guys? What the hell Tupac is doing on the list?

Sverre

The only one listed who pioneered a genre and gave birth to two others. In 50 years he may be the most influential to musicians than any other listed.
What in the name of hell I am seeing? Chuck schuldiner was not even there on the list!? Man we have got retards out here. Come on "people who died in the bermuda triangle"? Chuck was the pioneer of death metal. He died of brain cancer and he needed only $70,000 for his treatment which is way less than the amount required for maintaing jennifer lopez's a**. The whole metal community was saddened by his death. I respect many musicians on this list like kurt cobain and cliff burton but chuck's death was something which saddened me a lot. A good musician, a great visionary and of course a good human being. Rest in peace chuck

30Ian Curtis
Love, love will tear us apart again, and it did
Such a depressing life, I bet he's looking down down on new order and happy to see how far they got.
He had the saddest eyes ever

31Hank Williams
He was one of the greatest country music stars ever.

32Jeff Buckley
1 album, no artist that great should only get the chance for a single album. And yet the quality on that album - that is what makes it the saddest, he could have done so much more with his life. His death was such a throw away moment too, swum into the river and then a few minutes later he was gone - not a death worthy of this brilliant musician, no depression, no struggle, no point to it. Just another sad accident.
The best vocalist ever, cut down in his prime. So so sad!

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33Tose Proeski

34George Harrison
If The Beatles hadn't become famous, they'd all be alive. George wouldn't have gotten cancer because he wouldn't have smoked pot, and I don't need to explain John. That thought alone is sad.

GuitarZero

Come on guys, this was the saddest death ever! His last words were love one another!
I still think he should have been knighted as he had done so much for charity and world music recognition.

35Amy Winehouse
Amazing singer and songwriter. Superb vocal and lyrical quality, really one of a kind. She reinvented the Motown and Soul sounds, bringing refreshing, new, innovative music. Her tragic passing in summer of 2011 just marked the beginning of the tremendous legacy Ms. Winehouse would live behind. Until this very day, she has inspired a thousand of musicians, especially female singer and songwriters, to pursue originality and uniqueness in their music. She is best known for her songs: "Rehab, " "Back To Black, " "You Known I'm No Good, " "Tears Dry On Their Own, " "Just Friends, " "Valerie, " "In My Bed, " "Stronger Than Me, " "F*** Me Pumps, " and "Take The Box. "
She's in the 27 club. My favorite song by her is "Stronger Than Me".

36Izumi Sakai
she had a cervical cancer and she fell to the stairs that caused her death. many people will always remember her name

ronluna

very great woman, leader of japanese band zard and she is too young to go away

ronluna


37Francis Magalona
He is the filipino's rap king...

38Stevie Ray Vaughan
SRV's death is just so tragic. After fighting for years against and his alcohol and drug abuse, he finally becomes clean. Then a year later, he dies in a helicopter accident :'(
I love blues and stevie ray vaughan I think was the most legendary guitarist of the genre

R.I.P stevie

39Munetaka Higuchi

40Ritchie Valens
I honestly think Ritchie should be higher on this list. He was only 17 when he died he could have the chance to change the history of music and the sad part is his fifth was determine by the flip of a coin

41Ronnie Van Zant
I will never forget hearing about his death! I was a junior in High School and I heard Howard Stern announce his death on WC radio from Hartford, CT. to my H.S. in Somers Ct.

42Warren Zevon
One of the most underrated artists ever

43Laura Branigan

44Ronnie James Dio
R.I. P Dio he was one of the best vocalists ever and invented the heavy metal devil horns we miss you Dio rock on m/
How is he not in the top ten?!?! One of the greatest vocalists ever!

45Michael Hutchence
He was an amazing musician very sad
Lead singer of INXS

46Duane Allman
I cry a little inside knowing how he would have gotten even better at guitar had he not crashed his motorcycle into that truck.R.I.P. skydog.

47Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
The most talented musician of all time, who died broke and worthless.

48Buddy Holly
His death was so sad it shocked everyone, and, although many of us were not alive at the time of his death, including me, we've ALL heard the songs that were based off his death, like American Pie.

emraldYE

He did a lot in his 2 years in music industry!... More than the rolling stones in their 50 yr career! Even influenced The Beatles

49Clive Burr (Iron Maiden)
The saddest drummer death since jimmy

50Sid Vicious

51Marvin Gaye
So sad that his own father shot him. R.I. P in music heaven

52Brad Delp
One of the greatest lead singers in the history of rock music. He could sing anything & everything. His was one only rivaled by Freddie Mercury & Steve Perry. How can you insult music like this?!

53Chi Cheng (Deftones)
Chi suffered for 5 years being in a tragic car accident in 2008 which landed him in a coma. He eventually woke up, and we put all our hope that Chi would make it back home and recover safely, which he did for a little while. Then, completely out of nowhere, he dies. He died a very under appreciated rock/metal bassist. We miss you Chi.

54Karen Carpenter

55Lisa Left Eye Lopes

56Laura Nyro

57Judee Sill

58Ingo Schwichtenberg
The best drummer ever... So sad that he died, he had a very hard end of life... I'd really like to see he play live, but that's not possible anymore :'(. So underrated drummer. Ingo Fly Free.
I wish he was still around to see how well helloween is doing, he was a good drummer.

darknesswolf4736


59Falco

60Janis Joplin
Another member of the 27 club.

61Marc Bolan

62Johnny Cash
Just watch the music video for hurt. Tragic...

63Jeff Hanneman
Jeff wrote some of the best riffs in metal history, and is an inspiration and influence to millions. Reign in peace!

64Tom Evans

65Jerry Garcia
66 really? Death don't have no mercy!

66Charlie Rich

67Joe Strummer

68Nick Drake

69Brian Connolly
An awesome voice. Brian Connolly is the best member of The Sweet.

70Joey Ramone

71Syd Barrett

72Cass Elliott
She died of a heart attack, not from choking.

73Tim Buckley

74Tim Hardin

75Jobriath

76Sky Saxon

77Allen Woody

78Etta James

79Andrew Wood

80Magik (Piotr Ɓuszcz)

81Dickie Pride
Poor guy, in 1959 he showed promise as a successful musician but this cruel world broke him. He had to get a lobotomy in 1967 just to stop him from hurting himself. He died almost penniless in 1969 from drug overdose. He was only 27. What's more his only son didn't make it off any better and killed himself by jumping of a bridge only a few years ago.

82Stuart Sutcliffe
This forgotten fifth Beatle almost made it big in his music career, art career and his love life but an aneurysm took him away at just 21 in 1962. John Lennon, his best friend was devastated and would bother him for the rest of his life because he believed that he was somewhat responsible for his death.

83Glenn Miller

84Russ Columbo

85Louis Chauvin

86Elliott Smith

87Pete Steele

88Mieszko Talarczyk

89Johnny Ramone

90Dee Dee Ramone

91Patsy Cline

92Lou Reed

93Richie Havens

94Jeff Porcaro

95Levon Helm

96Mariska Veres

97Eazy-E

98Pete Ham

99Nico

100Tiny Tim

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