Top Ten Musicians Who Died in Their 30sMany rock stars are known for dying at age 27 and joining the unofficial 27 Club. However, what I'm trying to show is that even though you may get past age 30, you're not completely out of the woods yet. Having said that, there are a lot more cases here of lives being lost to external circumstances than to drug or alcohol abuse. May all these musicians rest in peace. Feel free to add more examples.
The Top Ten Musicians Who Died in Their 30s
Please, guys, do the list a favor and check the age of the musician you want to add before adding them to the list. So far, I've had four musicians who passed away under the age of thirty added to this list, and it's starting to annoy me. - Gg2000
I know that, but most of the time when I try to submit a report, it gets ignored. - Gg2000
Thanks for adding him, Metal_Treasure. It's crazy to think that a musician so prodigious and accomplished died so young. - Gg2000
Mozart sucked no one here would put him in a playlist and listen to him unironically. This music was utter trash and his hair looks like a rug.
There was no such thing as a playlist in the 18th century. Plus his hairstyle was actually a popular trend with the high class in parts of Europe.
How can he even be compared to today's musicians, they're work pales in comparison to his masterpieces.
He died at age 35 from a helicopter crash. The sad thing about his death was the fact that he sobered up a few years earlier and was playing better than ever. - Gg2000
What a guitarist! He sussed life out didn't he - stop ageing, but still live on. He and his music will always be here while he is fondly thought of and remembered. - Britgirl
Most metal fans would know that he was "The Godfather of Death Metal". Died at the age of 34 from Pneumonia while dealing with a brain tumor. Tragic loss in the metal community.
Such a shame he died so young... One of the biggest musical geniuses of all time!
Music trends didn't bother him or songwriting. he was a self-taught guitarist and had such an original and driving musical vision
A boba fide musical genius
One of the greatest. His songs never get old. Every time I listen to his songs it's like I am hearing it for the first time.
All of his songs are so lit
Marley should at least be in the top 5
He’s pretty good... My dad really like him - VeganTurtle
Possibly best drumming style ever
Right after number 4 on this list - CygnusX99
Keith died after taking 32 clomethiazole tablets, pills designed to alleviate alcohol withdrawal. He was 32 years old. - Gg2000
Like Keith Moon, Bonzo was also 32 when he died. According to his autopsy, he died after consuming 40 shots of vodka and choking on his own vomit. - Gg2000
Poor dude went out like a drunk Russian by drinking 40 shots of vodka and choking on his vomit
Only 17? He should be at least in the top 5. How is such a great singer not in the top 10. - LarryLarrington
Most soulful, talented, and underrated singer of my generation...that's why he's #13 on this list. Unforgivable! There will never be another close to Layne's power and range, AIC died on April 5, 2002 with Layne. RIP Layne, can't wait to hear you sing in person when I get there
Best grunge singer ever! I love his voice. He died too early. Vote for him. - Userguy44
He should be remembered more often. Very sad death also
One of my favourite singers ever
A working man's poet - Relixx599
I completely forgot about Jim Croce. Thanks for adding him to the list. - Gg2000
Died in a plane crash while on tour. (30) - Billyv
Gangsta Rap God. - AlphaQ
Love them AIDs dawg. To bad those gays give it to him. Died too early, will be missed. ;(
One does not simply forget "The Godfather of Gangsta Rap." Rest easy Eazy (1964�"1995). - ParasN2000
As most metal fans know, Dimebag was murdered while performing on stage. He was only 38 years old. - Gg2000
The most shocking musician death - Metal_Treasure
He was shot on stage :O - Userguy44
I love Pantera, I buy every Dimebag shirt I can find, just in memory of him... I’ve been surching for a Vinnie item but can’t find anything.
I must say, Patsy Cline is a close second for me! :-) - MelissaMak
After collapsing in his home and being rushed to the hospital, Phil Lynott died in the ICU at the age of 36. He was a frequent user of heroin during his last years. - Gg2000
She died in her sleep at the age of 32 from heart failure. She ended up dying in the same room and at the same age as Keith Moon did a few years later. - Gg2000
I’m very happy that evil witch is dead for good. When Cass Elliot died, she actually melted like the Wicked Witch of the West and then turned into dust like the Sanderson Sisters did
Cass Elliot is considered to be one of the greatest female singers of the 1960’s.
Hail to Jaq. Hail to Gus. Hail to Napoleon. Hail to Lafayette. Cass Elliot is dead 😁
Left us a lot of beautiful music, a lot of which was only discovered years later! Illegal drugs aren't the only addictions that have cost the world a lot...
Thanks for including him. - Gg2000
True talent. - TopTenTed
Died at almost 32 and left more than 900 works. Many of them have been used in movies - arthaus as well as blockbusters - e.g. the Rosamunde-Quartet D 804 (in the first Avengers movie), the 2nd movement of the Trio D 929 (Hunger Games, etc.). The String Quintet D 956 is widely seen as one of the greatest chamber compositions of all times. - mischu72
One of the first preeminent blues rock guitar players. He was found dead in his car in 1981, sitting in the driver's seat. What exactly happened to him is unknown, except for two unnamed sources who claimed that he died during a party in San Francisco and was driven to another location by two of his fellow partygoers. He was 37. - Gg2000
Thanks to whoever added him. He deserves to be way higher up this list, as does Franz Schubert. - Gg2000
Keith Relf died from electric shock at the age of 33 while playing a guitar that wasn't properly grounded. He suffered from emphysema and asthma, which hampered his ability to survive the shock. - Gg2000
For those of you who don't know, Lowell George was the original vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter for Little Feat. He died from a heart attack that was caused by an accidental cocaine overdose. He was only 34. - Gg2000
Yes, great singer and songwriter. Jackson Browne’s song, “Of Missing Persons” was written after Lowell George’s death. Tragic loss.
One of the best voices of all time
...Killed in a plane crash, aged just 30. - Britgirl
One of the best bassists of all time and one of the biggest figures in jazz fusion. He died from a brain hemorrhage that resulted from a bar fight he had with a bouncer at the Midnight Bottle Club. He was 35. - Gg2000
He deserved it. - NickelbackLinkinPark4Eva
It's a bit not nice to say that anyone deserves death to be honest - MasonOcker
He drowned in Marina Del Ray after drinking all day and diving into the water to retrieve some items he threw overboard in the marina three years prior. He was 39. - Gg2000
Died in a car accident. (38) - Billyv
Tommy Caldwell was the original bassist for the Marshall Tucker Band. He died at the age of 30 due to a car accident. - Gg2000
Keith Godchaux sustained multiple injuries during an accident while being driven home from his 32nd birthday party. He died four days later. - Gg2000
Def Leppard's guitarist. He died in 1991 at the age of 30.
He was 28 when he died not in his 30s! - XxSEVEREDHUMANITYxX
He lived from November 17, 1966 to May 29, 1997. This means that his age at the time of death was 30. - Gg2000
He was shot at the Hacienda Motel in Los Angeles by its manager; there are contradictions and debates over what exactly led to the shooting. - Gg2000
He is great. Why isn't he #1?
Thanks to whoever mentioned Jeff. He was a fantastic drummer! - Gg2000
Thanks to whoever added him. I totally forgot about him. - Gg2000
He was the best of his time
Sadly missed. Google him if you don't know about him.
This is a man who should be in the top guitarist discussion. Jimi Hendrix heard Kath playing with Chicago one and told the people around him that Terry Kath was better than anyone, including himself.
During the last year of his life, Terry infamously developed a dangerous habit of playing with real guns. He accidentally shot himself with a.38 revolver thinking that it was completely empty. He was 31 years old, only 8 days shy of his 32nd birthday. - Gg2000
One of the early rock and roll stars, best known for his song "Be-Bop-A-Lula". He died at the age of 36 when his stomach ulcer ruptured. He was visiting his father when he died. - Gg2000
Thunders was 38 when he died. Official cause of death was by heroine overdose but the amount of drugs found in his system during his autopsy was not lethal. His autopsy also showed he had advance leukemia. Some, like Dee Dee Ramone, claim he was robbed and murdered by his drug dealer. - THC13
In 1986, Allen crashed his car while driving under the influence of alcohol. It paralyzed him from the waist down, leaving him unable to walk or play guitar again. Four years later, in 1990, Allen died of chronic pneumonia, a complication of his paralysis. - Gg2000
Man literally invented his own genre of music.
Stop voting for him. He was 28 when he died. - Gg2000
Ooh, yes - I forgot about Don Rich! He was the guy who made Buck Owens & the Buckaroos a special band. Gone way too soon; thanks for adding him, Cesium. - Gg2000