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.
1 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.
Way to soon. 24 years old. RIP. - lilrocketman
Imagine if Cliff still played for Metallica. - Userguy44
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
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.
Yea Metallica may have been better with old Cliff, but didn't seem to slow them down. Without Dime Pantera would be out of the picture. One man army.
Had so much incredible music left to offer. He was just getting started.
Way to soon.
Rest In Peace.
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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 ...read more.
Most brilliant metal musician of all times. This guy is ina a whole new level, nobody on this list can ever compares to him (except for Lemmy) - MetalGurja
4 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.
He would have improved so much if he didn't die
Twenty five and dead - SoldierOfFortune
5 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.
Still can't believe he died. I love his voice! - Userguy44
He should have lived longer.
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
6 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
7 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 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
Christopher "Criss" Michael Oliva was an American musician who was the lead guitarist and co-founder of the band Savatage.
10 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.
11 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.
12 Ingo Schwichtenberg
Ingo "Mr. Smile" Schwichtenberg was a German drummer and one of the founding members of German power metal band Helloween. Schwichtenberg was famous for his high-energy drumming. His Helloween bandmates gave him the nickname, "Mr. Smile", because he often appeared to be cheerful and smiling.
13 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.
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. 😢
15 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
16 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 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.
18 Denis 'Piggy' D'Amour
19 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 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.
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.
He got Varg’d. - lilrocketman
22 Jani Lane
Jani Lane was an American recording artist and the lead vocalist, frontman, lyricist and main songwriter for the glam metal band Warrant.
23 Dave Williams
24 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.
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
27 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".