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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1Hideto 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

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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2John 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.

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

My mom cry so hard when he died! He didn't need to die! ðŸ˜"😭 - Danteem

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3Kurt 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.

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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4Michael Jackson

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.

A legend has gone

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.

I was 7 when Michael Jackson died and I was SHOCKED when I saw his death on the news. - ItsDaWorldOfSNuGGLEZ

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5Freddie 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)

He was a legend and created amazing classics. From Bohemian Rhapsody, to We are The Champions, and even to Another one Bites To Dust, his music will live on. Queen will live on forever. Freddie Mercury's music will never die❤ - kaitlynrad11

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6Tupac

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

A true community man

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7Cliff Burton (Metallica)

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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8Layne 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!

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.

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9Jimi 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

Unique guitarist left handed

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10George 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!

His was really sad, even though he died the year before I was born. His music lives on forever. His words will stay with us forever. R.I.P George Harrison, one of the most legendary people to ever exist.❤🙏

"Love one another" - George Harrison's last words - kaitlynrad11

Not a good guitarist average

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11Selena

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!

So young, so talented, and at the beginning of her super stardom and career, she is murdered by a family friend?!?! Doesn't get sadder. - davidthenurse

Died before her time, she wa killed in a horrible way, she was so young at the age 23

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12Amy 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".

I can't believe she died like that on the day I got her album... - ItsDaWorldOfSNuGGLEZ

13Whitney 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.

My heart stopped when I heard her death

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14Dimebag 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

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

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15Aaliyah

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.

What a tragic death! She was just so young :'( - ItsDaWorldOfSNuGGLEZ

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16Jimmy "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.

Jimmy "The Reverend" Sullivan was and will always be the best drummer. I don't know why he is ranked 5th, Paul Gray is 10th, and Kurt Cobain is 2nd all three of these guys should be at the top of the list. Also Cliff Burton should be up there as well.

Such a sad loss, He was one of the most talented drummers around and to loose him so soon was just tragic. RIP Jimmy

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17Bon 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!

Rest in peace mate

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18Elvis Presley

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

19Lisa Left Eye Lopes

Truley an amazing rapper. If she was still alive, Nicki Minaj would not have a career. But like I was saying. She always rapper about what was on her mind, and what was also cool was that her lyrics came from the bottom of her heart.R.I. P LEFT EYE, YOUR TRULEY MISSED, YOUR LEGACY STILL LIVES ON, TLC4EVA!

Left Eye's death was so sad. Whenever I think of her I begin to cry. She got in such a bad car accident. She can never be replaced by anyone. R.I.P Lisa - ItsDaWorldOfSNuGGLEZ

20Brian Jones (The Rolling Stones)
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