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
Thanks for adding him, Metal_Treasure. It's crazy to think that a musician so prodigious and accomplished died so young.
How can he even be compared to today's musicians, they're work pales in comparison to his masterpieces.
Better than most artists today for sure.
Pppl be shakin' booties to get someone to listen to them.. really disgusting. No class :/
Not in my taste, but a musical legend none the less
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.
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.
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.
Music trends didn't bother him or songwriting. he was a self-taught guitarist and had such an original and driving musical vision
Such a shame he died so young... One of the biggest musical geniuses of all time!
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.
Marley should at least be in the top 5
All of his songs are so lit
He’s pretty good... My dad really like him
Keith died after taking 32 clomethiazole tablets, pills designed to alleviate alcohol withdrawal. He was 32 years old.
Possibly best drumming style ever
Right after number 4 on this list
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.
Poor dude went out like a drunk Russian by drinking 40 shots of vodka and choking on his vomit
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
Only 17? He should be at least in the top 5. How is such a great singer not in the top 10.
Best grunge singer ever! I love his voice. He died too early. Vote for him.
He should be remembered more often. Very sad death also
One of my favourite singers ever
A working man's poet
I completely forgot about Jim Croce. Thanks for adding him to the list.
Died in a plane crash while on tour. (30)
One does not simply forget "The Godfather of Gangsta Rap." Rest easy Eazy (1964-1995).
Love them AIDs dawg. To bad those gays give it to him. Died too early, will be missed. ;(
Gangsta Rap God.
As most metal fans know, Dimebag was murdered while performing on stage. He was only 38 years old.
The most shocking musician death
He was shot on stage :O
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! :-)
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.
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.
Cass Elliot is considered to be one of the greatest female singers of the 1960’s.
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.
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.
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.
Thanks to whoever added him. He deserves to be way higher up this list, as does Franz Schubert.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Died in a car accident. (38)
Tommy Caldwell was the original bassist for the Marshall Tucker Band. He died at the age of 30 due to a car accident.