Top Ten Metal Musicians Who Died Too Soon

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All good things must come to an end, but some end too soon. All of these musicians' careers are examples of this. Here is a countdown of all of the great metal artists whose careers were tragically ended by death. These musicians will be in our hearts forever.

The Top Ten

1 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 ...read more.

He was an amazing musician. - EpicJake

Cliff should be #1!
Dimebag's death was absolutely tragic but his best riffs had already been seen and he couldn't have topped that. He had a fulfilling life.
Same goes for Dio, Chuck and Hanneman.
Cliff on the other hand died after Metallica's 3 albums! The best bassist ever had so much left to show the world. If he was alive Metallica would still be the same Metallica we fell in love with, not some rich lazy bamd - a7xrules

It's a bit much to say that Cliff is the best of all time. I think Geddy Lee, John Paul Jones, Flea, and Les Claypool are all better - ryanrimmel

2 Dimebag Darrell Dimebag Darrell Darrell Lance Abbott, also known as Diamond Darrell and Dimebag Darrell, was an American guitarist and songwriter best known as a founding member of two bands, Pantera and Damageplan, alongside his brother, Vinnie Paul. Abbott died in 2004 after he was shot by a mentally unstable fan.

His Music Lives On
But He Does Not
R.I.P - christangrant

3 Chuck Schuldiner 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 ...read more.
4 Jeff Hanneman Jeff Hanneman Jeffrey John "Jeff" Hanneman was an American musician, best known as a founding member of the American thrash metal band Slayer.

I literally just got back from Mayhem fest, and I saw Slayer. The amount of tribute payed to Jeff was insane - ryanrimmel

People overlook his genius. - gemcloben

5 Ronnie James Dio 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 ...read more.

He had plans for at least another 3 albums, - kempokid

Answer this question how did he die

It's not a question; there is no question mark. He died of stomach cancer - SoldierOfFortune

He should have lived longer.

6 Randy Rhoads 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.

Twenty five and dead - SoldierOfFortune

7 The Rev The Rev James Owen Sullivan (February 9th, 1981 - December 28th 2009), better known by his stage name "The Rev" (Short for "The Reverend Tholomew Plague") was an American musician, singer and songwriter, best known as the former drummer, backing vocalist and co-founder of the American alternative metal/ metalcore ...read more.

If it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t have a drum set sad day December 28th we will remember you soon be a legend to soon jimmy to soon

8 Layne Staley Layne Staley Layne Thomas Staley was an American musician who served as the lead singer and co-songwriter of the rock band Alice in Chains, which he founded with guitarist Jerry Cantrell in Seattle, Washington in 1987. Alice in Chains rose to international fame as part of the grunge movement of the early 1990s. ...read more.

Not a metal musician.

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

The Contenders

11 Wayne Static Wayne Static
12 Ingo Schwichtenberg Ingo Schwichtenberg
13 Cozy Powell 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.

The Octopus. One of the greatest drummers of all time. I am so sad I never got to see him live. I hope there is an afterlife just so I can see the great Rainbow lineup live. R.I.P. Cozy, Ronnie and Jimmy... - TheStargazer

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

I know a lot of people don't like deathcore, but this guy died at age 28. He seemed like a very nice guy, and no one deserves to die at a very young age like 28.

He made bad music but that doesn't mean he deserved to die.

15 Lemmy Kilmister Lemmy Kilmister 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.
16 Paul Gray 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.

How is he not higher? I mean come on some people who I have never heard of are higher...

17 Quorthon 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 ...read more.

It's a shame that the Nordland saga will never be. 😢

18 Denis 'Piggy' D'Amour
19 Peter Steele 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.
20 Jani Lane Jani Lane Jani Lane was an American recording artist and the lead vocalist, frontman, lyricist and main songwriter for the glam metal band Warrant.
21 Dave Williams
22 Steve Clark Steve Clark Stephen Maynard Clark was an English musician. He was the lead guitarist and principal songwriter for the British hard rock band, Def Leppard, until 1991, when he died from alcohol poisoning.
23 Per Dead Ohlin 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 ...read more.
24 Euronymous 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. ...read more.
25 Randy Castillo

Definitely one of the top 3 metal drummers ever.

26 Gar Samuelson

Also sadly underrated, especially since he was only on Megadeth's first two albums. - TheMaelstromKing

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