Top Ten Saddest Musician Deaths


June 29, 2015 - 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.

The Top Ten

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.


[Newest]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.

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.


[Newest]My mom cry so hard when he died! He didn't need to die! "😭

3Kurt Cobain (Nirvana)
If Cobain had lived another ten years, we wouldn't have to listen to nickelback or lil wayne. Think about that


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]All the great go too soon

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.
[Newest]Painful when you heard he died

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)
[Newest]I was born 9 years after his death and I'm still sad. He was the best singer in history if he had not died, he sure would create many more amazing creations

6Layne 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!

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.


[Newest]A true community man

8Jimi 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
[Newest]Unique guitarist left handed

9Bon 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


Bon Scott is an absolute legend. He didn't deserve to die so young. Ride On, Bon!
Ride On, Bon and Rock In Peace!
[Newest]Rest in peace mate

10Cliff 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.


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

The Contenders

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.


12Whitney 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


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.
[Newest]My heart stopped when I heard her death

13Brian Jones (The Rolling Stones)

14Jimmy "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.

15Jeff 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!


16George 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.


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.
[Newest]Not a good guitarist average

17Elvis 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

18Johnny Cash
Just watch the music video for hurt. Tragic...

19Jim 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.
Well he actually isn't dead... He's alive at a farm in Oregon where he raises horses obviously
Hated his own voice

20Dimebag 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
[Newest]Dimebag was murdered on stage this is shocking
R.I.P Darrell (1966 - 2004)

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