Top 10 Musicians Who Correctly Predicted Their Own Death

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Some of these musicians even wrote songs with the tiniest details of their deaths such as date, cause of death or circumstances. These people said certain things in interviews or songs, or their predictions were documented in other ways.

The Top Ten

1 John Lennon John Lennon John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE was an English singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a co-founder of the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. He was assassinated by Mark David Chapman on December 8, 1980 at age 40.

That's sorcery! - Misfire

In an interview in the 60's he was asked how he would probably die.
He jokingly answered "I'll probably be popped off by some loony with a gun! " - Metal_Treasure

This list is creepy, but I like it - Catacorn

It's amazing to me that he predicted the way he died 20 years before he actually died!

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2 Bon Scott 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, ...read more.

He even took measures - found his own replacement in a bar (Brian Johnson sang there) and gave the name and phone number to Angus ("just in case"). When Bon Scott died, Angus called Brian Johnson. - Metal_Treasure

That thing remained very mysterious to me. They found his friend for best match. It's all like planned up. - zxm

The song carry me home

3 Jimi Hendrix Jimi Hendrix Jimi Hendrix (born November 27, 1942 - September 18, 1970) was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter . Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated ...read more.

He wrote a song called ‘The Ballad of Jimi’, with these lines:
“Many things he would try for he knew soon he’d die”, “Now Jimi’s gone, he’s not alone / His memory still lives on”, “Five years, this he said / He’s not gone, he’s just dead ”.
He died exactly FIVE years later and yes - his legacy still lives on. - Metal_Treasure

HE IS SO MUCH BETTER THAN ARIANA GRANDE AND YOU KNOW IT!

4 Tupac Shakur Tupac Shakur Tupac Amaru Shakur, also known as 2Pac, was an American rapper and actor born on June 16, 1971 in East Harlem, New York. Tupac sold over 75 million records worldwide and has been referred to in multiple major publications such as Rolling Stone as one of the greatest music artists of all time. 2Pac was ...read more.

In Changes, he also ends the last verse with (I know it's not a prediction but still it's hard not to notice) :
"'Cause I always got to worry 'bout the pay backs
some buck that I roughed up way back
comin' back after all these years
rat-a-tat-tat-tat-tat that's the way it is"
That's the final line of the song (apart from the chorus). Eerie. - JoLeKosovo

On Richie Rich’s song 'N***** Done Changed', 2Pac raps these lyrics:
“I been shot and murdered, can tell you how it happened word for word. But best believe, that n***** gon' get what they deserve".

Only two months later Tupac Shakur was shot. His case is still unsolved. - Metal_Treasure

He died on Friday the 13th

5 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.

He said in an interview: "I'm gonna become a rockstar and die before the age of 30".
Also, he wrote a song named "Death" and 3 days later he was found dead. - Metal_Treasure

6 Marc Bolan Marc Bolan Marc Bolan, born Mark Feld (30 September 1947 – 16 September 1977) was an English singer-songwriter, musician, guitarist, and poet. He was best known as the lead singer of the glam rock band T. Rex. Bolan was one of the first pioneers of the glam rock movement of the 1970s. He died at age 29 in a ...read more.

In the song ‘Solid Gold Easy Action’ there's a line: “Life is the same and it always will be / Easy as picking foxes from a tree”.
5 years later he died in a car, wrapped around a tree and the license plate read “FOX 661L” - Metal_Treasure

7 Warren Zevon Warren Zevon Warren William Zevon was an American rock singer-songwriter and musician. Zevon's most famous compositions include "Werewolves of London", "Lawyers, Guns and Money", "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner" and "Johnny Strikes Up the Band", all of which are featured on his third album, Excitable Boy.

He predicted the cause of his death in the song ‘The Factory’:
"Kickin’ asbestos in the factory, punchin’ out Chryslers in the factory, breathin’ that plastic in the factory.”
16 years later he died from a type of lung cancer, which is often caused by exposure to asbestos.
Oddly enough, Zevon never worked in a factory and wasn't exposed to asbestos, so the chances of developing this type of cancer were nil. - Metal_Treasure

8 Bob Marley Bob Marley Robert Nesta "Bob" Marley was a Jamaican reggae singer, songwriter, musician, and guitarist who achieved international fame and acclaim.

He predicted his death at age 36 as when asked, he said "Jesus died at 36, so will I"

Now this is something! - Metal_Treasure

9 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 wrote the song "Love Is A Heart Attack" and soon after he died from heart attack before the beginning of the tour. More precisely, his death was due to a heart attack induced by a cocaine overdose. - Metal_Treasure

10 Buddy Holly Buddy Holly Buddy Holly, born Charles Hardin Holley (September 7, 1936 – February 3, 1959) was an American musician and singer-songwriter who was a central figure of mid-1950s rock and roll. He was a rising star when a tragic plane crash struck him down at age 22. ...read more.

He was singing The Day When I Die minutes before his tragic plane crash.

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11 Eddie Cochran Eddie Cochran Edward Raymond "Eddie" Cochran (October 3, 1938 – April 17, 1960) was an American musician. Rock and roll pioneer, he was only 21 years old when he died in a car crash. ...read more.

He recorded the song "Three Steps To Heaven" in January 1960. Just over three months later, he died in a car crash.

12 Jim Morrison Jim Morrison James Douglas "Jim" Morrison was an American singer, songwriter, and poet best remembered as the lead singer of the Doors.

And how he did that? - Metal_Treasure

13 Lynyrd Skynyrd Lynyrd Skynyrd Lynyrd Skynyrd is an American rock band best known for popularizing the Southern rock genre during the 1970s They are known for songs like "Free Bird", "Sweet Home Alabama" and "Tuesdays Gone" .

The cover of their 1977 LP features the band engulfed in flames. Three days after its release, the band’s plane crushed.
Also, on the album there's a song called ‘That Smell’ with these lyrics:
"Say you’ll be alright come tomorrow, but tomorrow might not be here for you”, “Angel of darkness upon you”, “The smell of death surrounds you.” - Metal_Treasure

14 David Bowie David Bowie David Robert Jones, known professionally as David Bowie (January 8, 1947 - January 10, 2016) was an English singer born in London, the son of a fundraiser and a waitress. He is credited for his experimental and creative musical discography which has won praise and accolades for many critics and fans. ...read more.

Bowie didn't predict his own death, he recorded the final album as a swan song. - Mumbizz01

Can somebody explain when and how he predicted his death? Because I think Mumbizz01 is right - Bowie didn't predict his own death. - Metal_Treasure

Why isn't this on the list? - VideoGamefan5

Well, it already is but shouldn't be because he didn't predict his own death. - Metal_Treasure

If you added him for his last album it DOESN'T COUNT because it's not a prediction, he knew - he was 68 and had liver cancer. He had been diagnosed 18 months earlier but had not made the news of his illness public. His producer Tony Visconti wrote: "He made Blackstar for us".
Yes, he made this album as a swan song. R.I.P. - Metal_Treasure

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15 Michael Jackson Michael Jackson Michael Joseph Jackson was an American singer, dancer, and songwriter born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana and passed away on June 25, 2009. He donated (at least) a remarkable 500,000,000 dollars to charity. Michael is also known as The King of Pop (a title given to him by Elizabeth Taylor) or under ...read more.

Can somebody say how he predicted his death? Because someone added him to this list, people are voting for him but nobody explained anything... - Metal_Treasure

16 Kurt Cobain 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 ...read more.

He said that he'd become a Rockstar, kill himself and go out in a blaze like Jimi Hendrix to a schoolmate when he was 14.

17 XXXTentacion XXXTentacion Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy (January 23, 1998 - June 18, 2018), known professionally as XXXTentacion, and often referred to as X, was an American rapper, singer and songwriter.

"If I'm going to ever die or become a sacrifice"...

Can somebody explain how and when he predicted it? - Metal_Treasure

Sad

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

In an interview, Mitch cited that he would probably die riding his bike or speeding. He posted a photo of himself one night, drunk on his bike. That night he got in an accident and died.

"My death will be the greatest thing to happen to this world".

And it was.

19 The West Coast MC

In an interview he was asked where he saw himself in the next few years and he said, “Best case, in a cemetery. Not in a cemetery, sprinkled in ashes smoked up by my homies. I mean, that’s the worst case.” - Metal_Treasure

20 Darby Crash

This sounds like planned suicide - Metal_Treasure

Just look into the mess of a story that is Darby Crash. In an interview, while with the band The Germs, he said jokingly (paraphrasing) that who knows, he could kill himself at the age of 22. In 1980 Darby intentionally overdosed on heroine and died at the age of 22. - cjWriter1997

21 Freddie Mercury 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 ...read more.

He always knew he was going to die young.

22 Steve Marriott Steve Marriott Stephen Peter "Steve" Marriott was an English musician, songwriter and frontman of two notable rock and roll bands, spanning over two decades.

The song "Tin Soldier", which he sang both with Humble Pie and solo, opens with the line "I am a little tin soldier that wants to jump into your fire". Marriott died in a house fire.

23 Johnny Cash Johnny Cash John R. "Johnny" Cash (1932-2003) was an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor, and author, who was widely considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century and one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 90 million records worldwide. He died of ...read more.

Can the guy who added Johnny Cash tell us how and when he predicted his death? "Hurt" doesn't count - he recorded it less than a year before his death, he was 70 and had diabetes... Not hard to predict the end is near... - Metal_Treasure

I presume this has something to do with his cover of "Hurt"? - BrianScott01

He is so good

24 David Warner David Warner David Andrew Warner is an Australian cricketer and the current vice-captain of the Australian cricket team.

Is he a musician? I don't think so. - Metal_Treasure

We like David warner because he bats well and he made his team top in cricket.
David warner plays good cricket because he sees the ball carefully and plays carefully and David warner highest score in test is 253 and his highest score in ODI's is 179 also his highest score in t20's is 135

25 Proof Proof DeShaun Dupree Holton better known by his stage name Proof, was an American rapper and actor from Detroit, Michigan. During his career, he was a member of the groups 5 Elementz, Funky Cowboys, Promatic and most notably, D12. He was a close childhood friend of rapper Eminem, who lived on the same block, ...read more.

His song kurt cobain says it all...

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27 Chester Bennington 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. ...read more.
28 Amy Winehouse Amy Winehouse Amy Jade Winehouse was an English singer and songwriter known for her deep expressive contralto vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres, including soul, rhythm and blues, and jazz. She is also a well-known member of the 27 Club, as she overdosed on alcohol at age 27.

According to multiple friends, she often mentioned the 27 club and, to her dismay, she was sure she would be a part of it. She indeed ended up joining it after an alcohol overdose. - JoLeKosovo

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1. Tupac Shakur
2. The Rev
3. John Lennon
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1. Bon Scott
2. Bob Marley
3. John Lennon
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2. Johnny Cash
3. David Bowie
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