Top 10 Musicians Who Died In the Worst Ways

This list examples the horrible ways musicians died! R.I.P to all these amazing guys/gals!

The Top Ten Musicians Who Died In the Worst Ways

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 Umeå whilst promoting Metallica's ...read more.

Cliff Burton will forever be passed on as not just one of the greatest bassists of all time in general, but also one of the most talented musicians of his time. Tracks like "For Whom the Bell Tolls" and "Orion" are examples of how great he is, to the point where the former is something not even Metallica itself could replicate fully.

His death may have been swift and unexpected, but his legacy will be carried on to an entire generation of musicians, not just Rock and Metal.

RIP to the bass master himself (10 February 1962 - 27 September 1986) "Cannot the Kingdom of Salvation take me Home..." - CrimsonShark

Flying out a bus window, then having the bus fall on him not once, BUT TWICE. - MontyPython

I really can't imagine the pain he had to experience in the last minutes of his life in that bus...

Where there any kids in the bus? - FerrariDude64

It was a tour bus, so only the band was and some people who worked with Metallica were on the bus. - MontyPython

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.

Got shot onstage right in front of his bandmates and sibling. R.I.P. - RiverVibeZ

Shot onstage while performing, and his own brother had to watch it from behind the drums. That's horrifying - ryanrimmel

He should be number 1

Pantera guitarist was shot onstage while performing! R.I.P. Dimebag. - Metal_Treasure

3 John Bonham John Henry Bonham was born on May 31, 1948 in Redditch, United Kingdom. Bonham (nicknamed Bonzo) was a professional hard rock drummer who was best known for being the drummer in the band Led Zeppelin. Bonham was also one of the background singers in the band. His drumming is mainly displayed on the ...read more.

He had alcohol poisoning, choked on his own puke, then soon caused him to die in his sleep. I didn't put him high on the list because I'm a huge Led Zeppelin fan, it's because that's just horrible. - MontyPython

Chockeing on puke, ugh that is so sad. :(

4 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.

Actually, getting shot isn't that bad a way to die. Not sure why he's on this list, but his death is still incredibly tragic. - Alpha101

Murdered by gunshot when with his wife, Yoko Ono, outside of a hotel. - MontyPython

Outside of a residential hotel where he made his home, while he was returning to be with his young son. Shot by a deranged, delusional "fan" - Billyv

R.I.P. Music sucks nowadays.

Assassinations suck, R.I.P. John

5 Selena Selena Quintanilla-Pérez was an American singer, songwriter, spokesperson, actress, and fashion designer.

Wow her best friend shot her! I here Selena Gomez was named after her

Shot by her best friend/fan club manager... Ouch! - MontyPython

I think her killer was mad at her about something.

6 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.

Apparently, he wasn't a very nice guy but his death was extremely brutal and violent; he was stabbed about 27 times with a hunting knife. - RiverVibeZ

I don't care about him because he wasn't much better than his murderer (Varg Vikernes) but Varg was his colleague and this type of death is really painful and sadistic. The list title says "who died in the worst ways". - Metal_Treasure

This crazy satanism got stabbed over 30 times. I don't really care about him but he died brutally

He died in the most metal way possible. LOL - ryanrimmel

7 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.

Such a talented and nice musician, he deserved to live a full and happy life instead of losing his life to cancer. - RiverVibeZ

Died of a horrible cancerous tumour. - IronSabbathPriest

One of the best musicians

8 Christina Grimmie Christina Victoria Grimmie (March 12th 1994 - June 10th 2016), known on YouTube as zeldaxlove64, was an American singer-songwriter known for participating in The Voice and for her covers of hit songs by contemporary pop musicians. She was shot dead during a meet-and-greet in Orlando, Florida, by fan ...read more.

Getting shot by a deranged fan whilst she was signing autographs to her fans and not to mention her own brother being there when she was shot is just flat-out devastating. Her brother tackled the attacker, which did save the lives of others, but he couldn't save his sister. That's just heartbreaking :(.

Kevin, coward! - BorisRule

9 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.

The guy got blown apart in a plane crash. And worst of all, he was only 25 meaning (Like Cliff Burton) he still had a lot of potential left to show the world for :(. - CrimsonShark

10 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.

Poor guy got into a plane crash. - MontyPython

The Contenders

11 Marvin Gaye Marvin Gaye was an American singer, songwriter, and musician, and is regarded as one of the greatest singers of all time.

Shot by his own Father. - Martinglez

My Mom loves Marvin Gaye

Horrible. - JoLeKosovo

12 Keith Relf Keith Relf was an English musician, well known as the lead singer for the psychedelic band The Yardbirds.

He wasn't playing in the bathtub, it was just a badly installed plug that electrocuted him through his amp. - JoLeKosovo

Not "just" electrocution, he was rehearsing in the bathtub with his plugged-in electric guitar!

He was killed by electrocution. - MontyPython

Darwinism fulfilled.

13 Dead (Mayhem)

What's worse is that his dead body was used on one of Mayhem's album covers.

This said musicians that died the worst ways. How isn't this guy top 5?

14 Randy California

He did indeed die a hero, and saved his 13-year old son from dangerous Hawaiian surf. His body was never recovered.

Drowned in the ocean while trying to save his son. - MontyPython

15 Ian Curtis Ian Kevin Curtis (15 July 1956 – 18 May 1980) was an English musician and singer-songwriter. He is best known as the lead singer and lyricist of the post-punk band Joy Division. ...read more.

Suicide by hanging. - MontyPython

16 Elliott Smith

Stabbed in the heart with a kitchen knife. - MontyPython

17 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.

Again, not a very horrible way to die. Yes, it is sad, but it is a very quick and painless way to die, so, why is he on this list? ANyways, R.I.P. CObain. - Alpha101

18 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.

He died of cancer on Monday, so that was 2016's Blue Monday.

Died if cancer! I am so sad I loved David Bowie!

19 Tupac 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.

Him and Biggie were murdered.

20 Dennis Wilson

Drowned in his boat after drinking. - MontyPython

21 Jim Morrison James Douglas "Jim" Morrison was an American singer, songwriter, and poet best remembered as the lead singer of the Doors.
22 Keith Moon Keith John Moon was an English drummer for the rock band the Who. He was noted for his unique style and his eccentric, often self-destructive behaviour. His drumming continues to be praised by critics and musicians.
23 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.
24 Cass Elliot

Those aren't mean comments because Mama Cass was evil and we're really happy that jerk is dead for good.

Whoever wrote these mean comments can go kill themselves. They probably like One Direction.

25 The Notorious B.I.G. Christopher George Latore Wallace, born May 21, 1972, better known by his stage name The Notorious B.I.G (sometimes Biggie Smalls or just simply Biggie), is an American rapper from Brooklyn, New York. On March 9, 1997, he was murdered in a drive by shooting in Los Angeles, California at the age of only ...read more.
26 Syd Barrett Roger Keith Barrett was an English musician, composer, singer, songwriter, and painter. Best known as a founder member of the band Pink Floyd, Barrett was the lead singer, guitarist and principal songwriter in its early years and is credited with naming the band.
27 Lisa Lopes Lisa Nicole Lopes better known by her stage name Left Eye, was an American rapper, singer, dancer, musician, actress, and songwriter.
28 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.

R.I.P. Freddy! You will always be my favorite member of Queen. Nobody can singer better than you did. I remember me in 4th grade. It was 2019 and all of my friends loved Queen, including me. During Summer camps when I saw my friends we all sung "Killer Queen" and "Don't Stop me Now" and "Another One Bites The Dust" and "Boheimiem Rhaspody" at snack time. We all still love you, Freddy, een if you are dead.

He died with a lots of pain.

Love you always Freddie. RIP.

29 Jeff Buckley Jeffrey Scott "Jeff" Buckley (November 17, 1966 – May 29, 1997) raised as Scott "Scottie" Moorhead, was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. ...read more.

Accidental drowning - no drugs, alcohol, or suicide. He was in a good frame of mind prior to the accident. - Metal_Treasure

30 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.

He didn't die due to burning MSBS. He died due to cardiac arrest.

The King of Pop got burnt at a concert. That's gotta be a painful way to die at a concert. :( - ModernSpongeBobSucks

And that's how he died? Better notify the authorities and correct the medical examiner's report - Billyv

31 Harry Chapin Harry Forster Chapin was an American singer-songwriter, humanitarian, and producer best known for his folk rock and pop rock songs, who achieved worldwide success in the 1970s and became one of the most popular artists and highest paid performers.

Died when his car was hit from behind by a tractor-trailer truck. Glass went through his heart. He also had a heart-attack either just before, during or after the collision. - Billyv

32 Aaliyah Aaliyah Dana Haughton was born on January 16th 1979 and died August 25th 2001. She was a dancer, an actress and an R&B singer. She was born in Brooklyn, New York, raised in Detroit, Michigan and died at Marsh Harbour, Bahamas. ...read more.
33 Richard Wright Richard William "Rick" Wright was an English musician, composer, singer and songwriter. He was the main keyboardist and a backup vocalist for the psychedelic and progressive English rock band, Pink Floyd .

He died of cancer

34 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 had opoid overdose and died.

35 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.
36 Jim Croce James Joseph Croce was an American folk and rock singer-songwriter. Between 1966 and 1973, Croce released five studio albums and singles. His songs "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" and "Time in a Bottle" reached No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart.
37 Sonny Bono

Was snow skiing, and plowed at full-speed, face-first into a tree.

38 Peter Ivers
39 Eric "Eazy-E" Wright
40 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.
41 Mitch Lucker Mitchell Adam "Mitch" Lucker was an American musician and lead singer for the deathcore band Suicide Silence.

I don't like this guy, but he died in a motorcycle accident.

42 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.
43 Stevie Ray Vaughan Stephen "Stevie" Ray Vaughan (October 3, 1954 – August 27, 1990) was an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer. In spite of a short-lived mainstream career spanning seven years, he is widely considered one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of music, and ...read more.

Died in a helicopter crash - Aweso

44 J Capri

Died in coma aged 24. May I say more?
- TheDuttyGyal

45 Judith Barsi

SHE GOT SHOT BY HER DRUNK FATHER

46 Neil Peart Neil Ellwood Peart, (September 12, 1952 - January 7, 2020) was a Canadian musician and writer best known as the drummer and primary lyricist of the rock band Rush. Peart received numerous awards for his musical performances, including an induction into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 1983, making ...read more.
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