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

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..."

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

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

Only 24, and had a bus fall on him twice, feels bad.

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.

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

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

Getting shot is hard, and guns are stupid

He should be number 1

3 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.

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

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"

Assassinations suck, R.I.P. John

R.I.P. Music sucks nowadays.

4 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.

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

5 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.

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".

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

Stabbed almost 30 times with and sliced with broken glass.

6 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

I think her killer was mad at her about something.

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

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.

Died of a horrible cancerous tumour.

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!

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 :(.

10 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.

The Contenders

11 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.

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.

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

He was killed by electrocution.

13 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.

14 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!

15 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?

16 Dennis Wilson

Drowned in his boat after drinking.

17 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.

18 Elliott Smith

Stabbed in the heart with a kitchen knife.

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 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.
21 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. :(

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

22 Jim Morrison James Douglas "Jim" Morrison was an American singer, songwriter, and poet best remembered as the lead singer of the Doors.
23 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.
24 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.
25 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.

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