Best Deceased Metal Musicians

A list to honor the fallen greats of heavy metal. R.I.P. to everyone who makes it into this list.

The Top Ten

1 Ronnie James Dio Ronnie James Dio (born Ronald James Padavona; July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010) was an American heavy metal singer, songwriter and musician. He fronted and/or founded numerous groups including Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio and Heaven & Hell. He is credited with popularizing the "metal horns" hand gesture more.

One of the best classic heavy metal vocalists. It'll be tough for metal music to move forward without him. - MetalFoREVer1228

2 Jeff Hanneman Jeffrey John "Jeff" Hanneman was an American musician, best known as a founding member of the American thrash metal band Slayer.

Jeff's death really got me. His death ripped a huge hole in Slayer that will never be sealed again. He is one of the greatest guitarists to have ever lived. He wrote some of their greatest songs including one of my favorites, Angel of Death. No doubt in my mind that Jeff will be missed for a long time. - MetalFoREVer1228

3 Chuck Schuldiner Charles Michael "Chuck" Schuldiner (1967-2001) was an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist, best known as the founder and vocalist, guitarist and bassist of the American heavy metal band Death. He is considered the most influential figure in Death Metal, with some publications referring to Chuck more.

I'd sacrifice Dave Mustaine for Chuck

This man made death metal what it is today. Death metal wouldn't exist if it wasn't for Chuck. - MetalFoREVer1228

4 "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott

He could have been here still, making awesome music with his guitar, but some dude just had to go off and kill him on stage. Dime didn't deserve that death. - MetalFoREVer1228

5 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.

He killed it on Metallica's first 3 albums. Most definitely the best bassist to have ever lived. - MetalFoREVer1228

6 James "The Rev" Sullivan

Jimmy was an amazing drummer. It really hit me hard when I heard of his death. He brought such a passion to Avenged Sevenfold with his awesome drumming style and his epic backing vocals. We'll miss you Jimmy. FoREVer. - MetalFoREVer1228

Jimmy was such an inspiration, I know he inspired me. FoREVer

7 Paul Gray Paul Dedrick Gray, also known as The Pig or by his number #2, was an American musician, best known as the bassist and one of the founding members of the Grammy Award-winning metal band Slipknot.

This is probably one of the saddest musician death ever. There are so many videos made as tribute for him. There's the press conference they held (one of the saddest videos I've ever seen especially when it came to Joeys time to speak), there's the tattoo Corey got of him, also extremely emotional and probably the coolest one, the two minutes of silence they held for him at one of their live shows. R.I. P Paul. You will always stay in the heart of all Maggots around the world. - Danielsun182

Awesome bassist. Such a damn shame he had to leave this world when Slipknot only made 4 albums. - MetalFoREVer1228

8 Mitch Lucker Mitchell Adam "Mitch" Lucker was an American musician and lead singer for the deathcore band Suicide Silence.

Might not be the most beloved metal dude who died... but he did bring something very special to metal...

Man, it really sucks that a vocalist like Mitch had to die at such a young age. He and The Rev both died at 28. Mitch was an incredible vocalist in an incredible deathcore band. - MetalFoREVer1228

9 Chi Cheng

I was really hoping that Chi would recover from that horrible accident in 2008. I honestly can't believe he's gone. - MetalFoREVer1228

10 Quorthon Tomas Börje Forsberg, known by the stage name Quorthon (1966-2004), was a Swedish musician. He was the founder, songwriter, vocalist and guitarist of the band Bathory, which pioneered the black metal genre and is credited with creating the Viking metal style. A multi-instrumentalist, Quorthon wrote more.

The Contenders

11 Randy Rhoads Randall William "Randy" Rhoads was an American heavy metal guitarist who played with Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot. He was killed in a plane crash.
12 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.

Lemmy may not be the most well known metal artist, but he damn well should be. As lead singer and bassist for Motorhead, one of the godfathers of metal music, his name should be put up everywhere you go.

RIP Lemmy killed by death

13 Clive Burr Clive Burr was an English drummer. He was a member of Iron Maiden from 1979 to 1982. Previously a member of Samson, Burr joined Iron Maiden in 1979 (coincidentally at about the same time Bruce Dickinson joined Samson).

Can't forget the man who helped start one of the biggest bands in heavy meta, Iron Maiden. - MetalFoREVer1228

14 Peter Steele Petrus Thomas Ratajczyk, better known by his stage name Peter Steele, was the lead singer, bassist and composer for the gothic metal band Type O Negative.

Love him

15 Per Dead Ohlin Per Yngve Ohlin, better known by his stage name Dead, was a Swedish black/death metal vocalist and lyricist best known for his work with Norwegian black metal band Mayhem. He committed suicide in 1991 in which former guitarist Euronymous took a few pictures of his corpse and used one of them as the more.

He was my favourite kpop drummer

Dead was amazing! I wish he was still here. :( - Autodial

16 Cozy Powell Colin Trevor "Cozy" Powell was an English rock drummer, who made his name with many major rock bands and artists like The Jeff Beck Group, Rainbow, Robert Plant, Whitesnake and Black Sabbath.

He set a world record for the most drums played in under one minute (400). - Metal_Treasure

Amazing drummer.

17 Criss Oliva Christopher "Criss" Michael Oliva was an American musician who was the lead guitarist and co-founder of the band Savatage.

Love him.

18 Chester Bennington Chester Charles Bennington (March 20th, 1976 - July 20th, 2017) was an American musician, singer, songwriter and actor, best known for being the lead singer of Linkin Park. He also participated in side projects like Julien K and Dead By Sunrise. He committed suicide in 2017 after a period of depression. more.

I miss him so much :(

19 Bon Scott Ronald 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, more.
20 Nick Menza Nick Menza (1964-2016) was a professional drummer best known for his work in Megadeth from 1989-1998 and in 2004. He recorded drums on four of Megadeth's albums "Rust In Peace", "Countdown To Extinction", "Youthanasia", and "Cryptic Writings".

Forgotten King is dead - DejanKalinic

21 Euronymous Øystein Aarseth (1968-1993), who went by the pseudonym Euronymous, was a Norwegian guitarist and co-founder of the Norwegian black metal band Mayhem. Euronymous was stabbed to death by band member Varg Vikernes in August 1993. more.
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23 Wayne Static Wayne Richard Wells, known professionally as Wayne Static, was an American musician, best known as the lead vocalist, guitarist, keyboardist and music sequencer for metal band Static-X.

Amazing singer one of the best live singers ever

24 Matt Holt
25 Paul Baloff

EXODUS! REST IN PEACE BALOFF. We will miss this metal god m/ Bang your head against the stage! Bonded by blood!

26 Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara, 5th September 1946 - 24th November 1991) was a Zanzibari-born British singer of Indian descent, songwriter and record producer, known as the lead vocalist and songwriter of the British rock band Queen. He also became known for his flamboyant stage persona and four-octave more.
27 Dave Brockie AKA Oderus Urungus David Murray "Dave" Brockie, was a Canadian musician, and best known as the lead vocalist of the metal band Gwar, in which he performed as Oderus Urungus.

Just recently passed. One if the best and most entertaining frontman to have ever been part of a metal band. He's off on his home planet where he has conquered all.

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29 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.
30 Eric Carr Paul Charles Caravello better known by his stage name Eric Carr, was an American musician who was the drummer for the rock band Kiss from 1980 to 1991. Caravello was selected as the new Kiss drummer after Peter Criss left, when he chose the stage name "Eric Carr" and took up the "Fox" persona.
31 Dave Brockie David Murray "Dave" Brockie, was a Canadian musician, and best known as the lead vocalist of the metal band Gwar, in which he performed as Oderus Urungus.

Such a sad death, he's on the list twice. That's how tragic it is! RIP Oderus

32 Vinnie Paul Vincent Paul Abbott, better known as "Vinnie Paul" (March 11, 1964 - June 22nd, 2018) was an American professional drummer and producer. Alongside his late brother Dimebag Darrell, he co-founded the Heavy Metal Bands Pantera and Damageplan, with whom he would find success with in the former. After the more.
33 Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain was born February 20, 1967, in Aberdeen, Washington. In 1987, he started the grunge band Nirvana, which became one of the most successful bands ever. 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 more.
34 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.
35 Malcolm Young Malcolm Mitchell Young was an Australian musician and songwriter, best known as a co-founder, rhythm guitarist, backing vocalist and songwriter for the hard rock band AC/DC.
36 Jesse Pintado
37 Chris Witchhunter (Sodom)
38 Frank Watkins (Obituary, Gorgoroth) Frank Watkins was an American heavy metal musician best known as a former, long-time bass player for the death metal band Obituary.
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