Top Ten Saddest Musician Deaths

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21Randy RhoadsRandall William "Randy" Rhoads was an American heavy metal guitarist who played with Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot.

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.

Even with such a short career he is still considered one of the greatest guitarists of all time. He was very much ahead of his time with a unique neo-classical guitar style. One can now only imagine what he could've achieved musically with a career that lasted decades instead of mere years. - petrucci75hammet

One of the flashiest metal guitarists ever. Made music entertaining, always will be a legend

I think he should be top 5 on this list. When you figure in age, talent and the way he died.

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22Jimmy "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 "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.

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.

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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23SelenaSelena 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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24Bob MarleyRobert Nesta "Bob" Marley was a Jamaican reggae singer, songwriter, musician, and guitarist who achieved international fame and acclaim.V2 Comments
25Lisa Left Eye LopesLisa Nicole Lopes better known by her stage name Left Eye, was an American rapper, singer, dancer, musician, and songwriter. She was apart of the hit girl group, TLC. She was born May 27th 1971 in Philadelphia and died April 25th 2002 in a car accident during her stay in Honduras.

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!

1℅!? Lisa was one of the most influential female rappers ever. She should at least be in the top 20. 8 months after Aaliyah right on the same day she died And more than 30,000 people attended her funeral. An amazing female rapper with a great singing voice. Great friends with 2pac and they both died horribly. R.I.P Lisa - ItsDaWorldOfSNuGGLEZ

26Keith Moon (The Who)

Man! The Who wouldn't have broken up by then!

A real good drummer but no gene krupa

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27The Notorious B.I.G. Christopher George Latore Wallace, better known by his stage name, The Notorious B.I.G (a.k.a. Biggie Smalls), is consistently ranked as one of the best rappers of all time. The Notorious B.I.G was born May 21, 1972, he was born in Brooklyn, New York. At the age of 24 The Notorious B.I.G was murdered ...read more.

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

Come on people the most respected rapper of the east side a definition of loving,life, and letting loose

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28Janis 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.V2 Comments
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30Sam CookeSam Cooke was an American singer, songwriter, and entrepreneur. He is mostly known for being a part of the soul movement.
31Elliott Smith

Despite conflicting evidence as to Elliott's mental state in the last weeks of his life, there is no question that he was on an upward trajectory overall - having been clean from illicit drugs and excited to be recording again. Elliott had such a big heart and was by all accounts a person full of love and generosity. Not to mention, one of the most talented and profoundly affecting musicians that ever lived.

The question of suicide vs homicide will probably never be answered for certain (except for perhaps one person who knows for sure). That question may add to the legend, but either way it is monumentally tragic. Just look at the footage of his very last concert (Redfast, UT). The man, apart from a little irritation at messing up a few times, seems much more at peace than almost any concert you'll see of his from his last 4 or 5 years. From the guitar work and singing you can tell he has clearly put the focus back onto his music.

He came so close to getting back to ...more

32Otis ReddingOtis Ray Redding, Jr. was an American singer, songwriter, record producer, arranger, and talent scout.

Don't understand why nobody had voted him

He had so much potential. he could have made the great soul album but he died before he had the chance - RecklessGreed

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33Buddy HollyCharles Hardin Holley, known as Buddy Holly, was an American musician and singer-songwriter who was a central figure of mid-1950s rock and roll.

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

Holly would of been a definite force in the music industry. Should be near the top of untimely music deaths

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

34LemmyIan Fraser Kilmister, known as Lemmy, was an English musician, singer and songwriter who founded and fronted the rock band Motörhead.

So cool and so badass! It stinks that he died. He was one awesome dude.
Also, Benjamin Orr, anyone?

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35Richard Wright (Pink Floyd)Richard William "Rick" Wright was an English musician, composer, singer and songwriter. He was the main keyboardist and a backup vocalist for the psychedelic and progressive English rock band, Pink Floyd .

I love the song they made for him its called wish you were here I'm 9 so I wasent born but he was the sole of the group

36James Brown
37Mitchell Adam Lucker (Suicide Silence)

Mitch Lucker was drunk and speeding through traffic. I'm sorry, but he brought it on himself, and I have no sympathy for him. If he didn't die that night, then an innocent person could have. - ryanrimmel

He wasn't just a band member, but a father and a husband as well. You will never be forgotten... - ItsDaWorldOfSNuGGLEZ

One of the most tragic deaths in metal history. We miss you Mitch. R.I.P.

Definitely one of the most tragic events in deathcore history - something people won't shut up about..

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38Stevie Ray VaughanStephen "Stevie" Ray Vaughan (October 3, 1954 – August 27, 1990) was an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer. In spite of a short-lived mainstream career spanning seven years, he is widely considered one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of music, and ...read more.

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

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40Jim 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

Stupid Pam and drugs. Then he would be alive. - Music_Lover123

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