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.

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1John Lennon (The Beatles)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 died on December 8, 1980 at age 40 due to assassination.

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.

I'm fairly certain he had finished Double Fantasy, but I agree with the sentiment of your post. - Billyv

He died in one of the most violent ways possible: assassination. He could sing, write good songs, and play the guitar. He was only 40 years old when he died. RIP John Lennon. - EpicJake

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2Michael 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.

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.

The only artist that I shed tears for. I sometimes think about him and his life. Even though the way he died was not as horrible as that of those other singers like John Lennon his death hurts more because of the things some people said about him when he was still alive, it was all just so wrong. MJ was the sweetest person ever and he worked for peace. Michael will forever be in my heart. He lived a life that is just different in a good way.

How did some unknown Japanese freak get higher on the list then Michael Jackson. Michael Jackson was loved by millions and the whole world was mourning his death for like a month

If I could only bring one person back from the dead, it would be him.

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3Hideto 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.

15 years already, and it's still so sad. We miss you PINK SPIDER

Stay free from misery. Your memory is still linger in my draining heart.

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4Kurt 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.

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.

He could be the biggest icon in the music industry and the world would be so different with him if would have been alive today...

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5Freddie 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.

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.

Freddie, really, truly was one of a kind. Kurt Cobain's death was tragic too. Kurt actually mentioned Freddie in his suicide note. Think how much different music would be right now if Freddie was still alive. All this bullcrap that goes on all the time. Freddie would have changed everything.

P.S: Freddie was not gay. He was bisexual. His main female love was Mary Austin. He wrote a song about her called Love of my life.

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.

Queen is my favorite band, so he takes my vote.

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6Whitney HoustonWhitney Elizabeth Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012) was an American singer, actress, producer, and model. In 2009, Guinness World Records cited her as the most awarded female act of all time. Houston is one of pop music's best-selling music artists of all-time, with an estimated 170–200 ...read more.

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.

My heart stopped when I heard her death

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7Cliff Burton (Metallica)Clifford 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.

In my opinion he had the worst death because he got crushed by his own tour bus! R.I. P

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.

burton was taken way too soon man, in the prime of his career and when metallica was just getting really popular. - andrewXmetallica92

He died because of Kirk giving up his bed to Cliff. If Kirk was there, there would be no great solo from One.

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8David BowieDavid 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.

I woke up to the news of his death on the day I had an exam. I was so emotionally shot that halfway through the exam I just gave up and turned it in incomplete. I excused myself to the bathroom and cried in a stall for 20 minutes. He had been such an inspiration to me and he was gone just like that. I can barely explain how crushing that still is to me.

He was just amazing! How can anyone not agree? I listened to his music for days after I found out he died. So awesome and so influential. I also think it's awesome that a new constellation was named in his honor.

I'll see you in space, Starman. We'll all see you in space.

He taught the whole world that it's normal to be different.

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9Layne 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.

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...

To keep it short: he had an incredible voice, a shy/endearing personality and a charisma most people simply don't possess. No one will ever sound like Layne ever again, and if the new 'Alice in Chains' think they can replace and forget, they're WRONG. He was one of the best people, he didn't deserve to die, especially at such a young age.

He died of heroin overdose. - Eil__een

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10AaliyahAaliyah 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.

She died in one of the most horrible ways possible. Whenever I watch the music video for rock the boat I remember her and the 8 other people that were with her in the plane crash that took their lives. She was going to be much bigger than she already was. Aaliyah was such an amazing singer, young and beautiful and its hard to believe she is gone :'( 1979-2001 We love you baby girl! - ItsDaWorldOfSNuGGLEZ

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.

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

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The Contenders

11George HarrisonGeorge Harrison was an English guitarist, singer, songwriter, and music and film producer who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the Beatles.

Come on guys, this was the saddest death ever! His last words were love one another!

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

Excuse me but George's cancer came from smoking tobacco cigarettes. In fact, while it may not be the best choice to make, smoking pot is nowhere near as bad for the lungs and heart as tobacco. - Billyv

I still think he should have been knighted as he had done so much for charity and world music recognition.

Not a good guitarist average

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12Dimebag 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.

R.I. P brother dime, you didn't deserve it

We all Miss you Dimebag. R.I. P The greatest man of all time.

Dimebag was murdered on stage this is shocking
R.I.P Darrell (1966 - 2004)

World's greatest guitar player ever, to be tragically murdered by such a terrible person. Gets my vote :,(

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13Jimi HendrixJimi Hendrix was an American guitarist and singer. He's cited as one of the greatest guitarists to ever live. Hendrix was the member of "The Jimi Hendrix Experience" and all albums were succesful.

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

Amazing guitarist RIP jimi

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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.

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. "

Beautiful lyricist who still chills me to the bone. I am sad to see that she is not significantly higher given how much she has influenced millions of artists around the world. Her music will live forever, she reinvented an entire genre and makes me cry. I'm actually too young to remember her properly and yet I have the utmost respect for her. So sad.

I was watching the news right at the moment when news got out that she had died from a relapse of alcohol effects. She was only 27. She has joined the 27 club with Kurt Cobain, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix. 1983-2011 - ItsDaWorldOfSNuGGLEZ

She's in the 27 club. My favorite song by her is "Stronger Than Me".

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15TupacTupac 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 ...read more.

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

Whoever did this will eventually pay. R. I. P. - 3anegroes

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.

Greatest rapper of all time.

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16Marvin Gaye

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

I never heard off him until clients pu think'she " Marvin gaye" but I read about his death and it was very tragic... rip marvin

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17Elvis 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.

Elvis Presley death was the saddest in music the man who became the king of rock and all different kinds of music and did a lot of movies threw the 60s and a U. S veteran Elvis was my hero and I miss him

18PrincePrince Rogers Nelson was born on June 7, 1958, and died on April 21st, 2016. he was a music legend from the 80s up until his death, best known for songs such as "Purple Rain", "Little Red Corvette", "1999", and "When Doves Cry".

Why 2016! David Bowie and now... PRINCE!?!? I was a huge fan of the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Metallica, Queen, David Bowie, AND Prince! I literally cried 24/7. HOW DARE U 2016!

There is no excuse to have Prince at number 48. Put him in the top 5. - EpicJake

Worst death in my era, Lost our Jimi Hendrix

He was a great yet inspiring artist

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19Bon 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.

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!

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20SelenaSelena Quintanilla-Pérez was an American singer, songwriter, spokesperson, actress, and fashion designer.

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.

How is this not on top. Most of this people died from drugs, this 22 year old was murdered! She had such a kind heart, so sad her life was taken away by someone she actually loved and trusted. She would've been 45 if she was alive today and trust me she would've been bigger than shakira and Jennifer Lopez and all the popular Latinas. She had such a talent it's heartbreaking it ended all so soon. This death has affected so many people and she'll always be remembered

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!

She was going to be so popular, then she died horribly. - ItsDaWorldOfSNuGGLEZ

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