Top 10 Greatest Deceased Bassists


The Top Ten

1 John Entwistle John Entwistle John Alec Entwistle, was an English singer, songwriter, composer, musician, film and music producer. He is mostly known as the lead bassist for the rock band The Who.

He died the same year as my grandmother did

Born: 9 October, 1944
Died: 27 June 2002
Cause of Death: Heart Attack caused by Cocaine Overdose
Played for: The Who - Mumbizz01

2 Cliff Burton Cliff Burton Clifford Lee "Cliff" Burton (February 10th 1962 - September 27th 1986) was an American musician, best known as the second bass guitarist for the American thrash metal band Metallica, recording three studio albums. He died in 1986 after getting crushed by a tour bus in Copenhagen whilst promoting Metallica's more.

Crushed by his own bus...
How can that not be sad?
One of the greatest heavy metal bassists died in his prime!

Born: 10 February, 1962
Died: September 27, 1986
Cause of Death: Crushed by a bus
Played for: Metallica, Trauma. - Mumbizz01

3 Dee Dee Ramone Dee Dee Ramone Douglas Glenn Colvin, known professionally as Dee Dee Ramone, was a German-American musician, singer and songwriter best known as founding member, songwriter, bassist and occasional lead vocalist for punk rock band the Ramones.

Born: September 18, 1951
Died: June 5, 2002
Cause of Death: Heroin Overdose
Played for: The Ramones - Mumbizz01

4 Jaco Pastorius Jaco Pastorius John Francis Anthony "Jaco" Pastorius III was an American jazz bassist who was a member of Weather Report from 1976 to 1981. He worked with Pat Metheny, Joni Mitchell, and recorded albums as a solo artist and band leader.

Born: December 1, 1951
Died: September 21, 1987
Cause of Death: Murder - Mumbizz01

5 Lemmy Lemmy Ian Fraser Kilmister, known as Lemmy, was an English musician, singer and songwriter who founded and fronted the rock band Motörhead. He was a bassist and a singer known for his raspy voice. He died in 2015 from cancer and other health problems.

Born: 24 December, 1945
Died: 28 December, 2015
Cause of Death: Prostate cancer, congestive heart failure, and cardiac arrhythmia - Mumbizz01

6 Phil Lynott Phil Lynott Philip Parris "Phil" Lynott was an Irish musician, singer and songwriter. His most commercially successful group was Thin Lizzy, of which he was a founding member, the principal songwriter, lead vocalist and bassist.

Mumbizz01 it was caused by drugs though!

A very underrated musician in general. He was also a great songwriter - many metal bands did covers of his songs (Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Metallica, Mastodon, Vader, Gamma Ray, to name a few). - Metal_Treasure

Born: 20 August, 1949
Died: 4 January 1986
Cause of Death: Pneumonia and heart failure due to septicaemia in the hospital's intensive care unit.
Played for: Thin Lizzy - Mumbizz01

7 Jack Bruce Jack Bruce John Symon Asher "Jack" Bruce was a Scottish musician, singer and songwriter known primarily for his contributions to the British supergroup Cream, which also included guitarist-singer Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker.

Born: 14 May, 1943
Died: 25 October 2014
Cause of Death: Liver disease
Played for: Cream - Mumbizz01

8 Sid Vicious Sid Vicious John Beverly, born John Simon Ritchie, later named Sid Vicious, was an English musician, most famous as the bass guitarist of the influential punk rock band the Sex Pistols, and notorious for his arrest for the alleged murder of his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen.

Born: 10 May, 1957
Died: 2 February, 1979
Cause of Death: Heroin Overdose (Believed suicide) - Mumbizz01

9 Noel Redding Noel Redding Noel David Redding was an English rock bassist and guitarist best known for his work as bassist with the Jimi Hendrix Experience.

Born: 25 December, 1945
Died: 11 May, 2003
Cause of Death: Shock haemorrhage due to oesophageal varices in reaction to cirrhosis of the liver
Played for: The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Mumbizz01

10 Charles Mingus

Born: April 22, 1922
Died: January 5, 1979
Cause of Death: Motor neuron disease - Mumbizz01

The Contenders

11 Chris Squire Chris Squire Christopher Russell Edward Squire was an English musician, singer and songwriter. He was best known as the bassist and founding member of the progressive rock band Yes.
12 Rick Danko (The Band) Rick Danko (The Band) Richard Clare "Rick" Danko was a Canadian musician, bassist, songwriter and singer, best known as a member of The Band.
13 Donald Duck Dunn (The Memphis Group)
14 Greg Lake (ELP, King Crimson)
15 James Jamerson ( the Beat Brothers)
16 Chi Cheng Chi Cheng
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