Top 10 Rock Musicians Who Died in the 21st Century

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The Top Ten

1 Chuck Berry Chuck Berry Charles Edward Anderson "Chuck" Berry was an American guitarist, singer and songwriter, and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. He died on 18 March 2017.

The single most influential rock musician that has ever lived

2 Ronnie James Dio Ronnie James Dio Ronnie James Dio (born Ronald James Padavona; July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010) was an American heavy metal singer, songwriter and musician. He fronted and/or founded numerous groups including Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio and Heaven & Hell. He is credited with popularizing the "metal horns" hand gesture ...read more.

The one and only

3 Lemmy Lemmy Ian Fraser Kilmister, known as Lemmy, was an English musician, singer and songwriter who founded and fronted the rock band Motörhead. He was a bassist and a singer known for his raspy voice. He died in 2015 from cancer and other health problems.
4 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.

No celebrity death that occurred will ever hit me as hard as Chester's death did. - SomePersonYouHate

That was like a punch in the face. It hit me very hard and I still can't believe that he's gone. - axgelique

R I P Chester! U will always be in our hearts. ;-;

5 George Harrison George Harrison George Harrison was an English guitarist, singer, songwriter, and music and film producer who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the Beatles.

The very best! Brilliant!

6 Dimebag Darrell 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.

RIP Dimebag.

7 Tom Petty Tom Petty Thomas Earl "Tom" Petty was an American musician, singer, songwriter, multi instrumentalist and record producer.
8 Chris Cornell Chris Cornell Christopher John "Chris" Cornell was an American rock musician and singer-songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist, primary songwriter and rhythm guitarist for Seattle rock band Soundgarden and as former lead vocalist and songwriter for the supergroup Audioslave. His vocal range was C2 to A5, while ...read more.

Still can't believe he died. I loved his voice. - Userguy44

9 David Bowie David Bowie David Robert Jones, known professionally as David Bowie, was an English singer born in London on January 8, 1947, and was the son of a fundraiser and a waitress. He died in New York on January 10, 2016 at the age of 69, a hero to millions. ...read more.
10 Layne Staley 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.

One of the best voices ever! - Userguy44

The Contenders

11 Chuck Schuldiner 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.

Chuck was diagnosed with a Pontine Glioma, which is a type of brain tumour found in the pons section of an individual's brain stem. Because it severely damages and negates neural pathways and tracts, Pontine Glioma can cause patients to gradually lose their ability to eat, drink, walk, run, sleep and otherwise do any basic motor activity, before leading to a slow death.

As someone who looks into a variant known as DIPG, I must say Chuck's prognosis and battle must have been a truly tragic one. - CrimsonShark

12 Jon Lord Jon Lord Jonathan Douglas "Jon" Lord was an English composer, pianist, and Hammond organ player known for his pioneering work in fusing rock with classical or baroque forms, especially with Deep Purple, as well as Whitesnake, Paice Ashton Lord, The Artwoods, and The Flower Pot Men.
13 Malcolm Young Malcolm Young

Best rhythm guitarist ever

14 Jeff Hanneman Jeff Hanneman Jeffrey John "Jeff" Hanneman was an American musician, best known as a founding member of the American thrash metal band Slayer.
15 Joey Ramone Joey Ramone Jeffrey Ross Hyman, professionally known by Joey Ramone, was an American musician and singer-songwriter, lead vocalist of the punk-rock band The Ramones.
16 Nick Menza Nick Menza Nick Menza (1964-2016) was a professional drummer best known for his work in Megadeth from 1989-1998 and in 2004. He recorded drums on four of Megadeth's albums "Rust In Peace", "Countdown To Extinction", "Youthanasia", and "Cryptic Writings".

Rust In Peace.

One of my inspirations. :( - awesomedp900

17 Jimmy Bain James Stewart "Jimmy" Bain was a Scottish musician, best known for playing bass guitar in the bands Rainbow and Dio.
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20 Levon Helm Levon Helm Mark Lavon "Levon" Helm was an American rock 'n' roller, Americana musician, and actor who achieved fame as the drummer and regular lead vocalist for The Band.

He passed away in 2012 after losing his battle with cancer. He was a great singer and doesn't get enough recognition as a musician. - Gg2000

21 Ray Thomas Ray Thomas
22 Richard Wright 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 .
23 Christopher Lee Christopher Lee Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee (1922-2015) was an English actor, singer, and author. He was best known for his villainous roles in films such as Dracula in the Hammer Horror films, Francisco Scaramanga in the James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun, Saruman in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit ...read more.

Wow - BarrowsIns

24 Peter Steele Peter Steele Petrus Thomas Ratajczyk, better known by his stage name Peter Steele, was the lead singer, bassist and composer for the gothic metal band Type O Negative.
25 Dolores O'Riordan Dolores O'Riordan
26 Dee Dee Ramone Dee Dee Ramone Douglas Glenn Colvin, known professionally as Dee Dee Ramone, was a German-American musician, singer and songwriter best known as founding member, songwriter, bassist and occasional lead vocalist for punk rock band the Ramones.
27 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.

One of the most influential bassists of all time. He died in 2002 from a heart attack induced by a cocaine overdose. - Gg2000

Damn, drugs... They take away the best of the best!

28 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.

I don't think he's a rock musician - he's The King of Pop - Metal_Treasure

Respect the king kid.

Metal_Treasure's not a kid and he's pointing out a simple fact... Michael Jackson is a pop musician not a Rock musician you don't need to be a prick about it. - SomePersonYouHate

29 Paul Gray Paul Gray Paul Dedrick Gray, also known as The Pig or by his number #2, was an American musician, best known as the bassist and one of the founding members of the Grammy Award-winning metal band Slipknot.
30 Ray Manzarek Ray Manzarek Raymond Daniel Manczarek, Jr., better known as Ray Manzarek, was an American musician, singer, producer, film director, and author.

He died in 2013 from a rare form of bile duct cancer. He is a huge influence on the development of keyboards in rock. - Gg2000

31 Quorthon Quorthon Tomas Börje Forsberg, known by the stage name Quorthon (1966-2004), was a Swedish musician. He was the founder, songwriter, vocalist and guitarist of the band Bathory, which pioneered the black metal genre and is credited with creating the Viking metal style. A multi-instrumentalist, Quorthon wrote ...read more.
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33 Dave Brockie Dave Brockie David Murray "Dave" Brockie, was a Canadian musician, and best known as the lead vocalist of the metal band Gwar, in which he performed as Oderus Urungus.
34 Chris Squire Chris Squire Christopher Russell Edward Squire was an English musician, singer and songwriter. He was best known as the bassist and founding member of the progressive rock band Yes.

One of the best bassists in prog. He passed away in 2015. - Gg2000

35 Jack Bruce Jack Bruce John Symon Asher "Jack" Bruce was a Scottish musician, singer and songwriter known primarily for his contributions to the British supergroup Cream, which also included guitarist-singer Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker.

He passed away in 2014 from liver disease. Great bassist and singer. - Gg2000

36 Bo Diddley Bo Diddley Ellas McDaniel, known as Bo Diddley, was an American singer, guitarist, songwriter and music producer who played a key role in the transition from the blues to rock and roll.

One of the pioneers of rock and roll and the master of syncopation. He passed away in 2008. - Gg2000

37 Mitch Mitchell Mitch Mitchell John Ronald "Mitch" Mitchell was an English drummer who was best known for his work in the Jimi Hendrix Experience.

The last Jimi Hendrix Experience member, he passed away in 2008. He is an awesome drummer. - Gg2000

38 Marty Balin

Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship.

39 Benjamin Orr Benjamin Orr Benjamin Orzechowski, known as Benjamin Orr, was an American musician best known as a singer, bassist and co-founder of the rock band the Cars.

He passed away from pancreatic cancer at age 53 in October of 2000. - Gg2000

40 Johnny Winter Johnny Winter John Dawson Winter III, known as Johnny Winter, was an American musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer.

One of my absolute favorite blues rock guitarists. He died in 2014 in a hotel in Zurich two days after his last performance. - Gg2000

41 Captain Beefheart Captain Beefheart Don Van Vliet was an American singer, songwriter, musician and artist best known by the stage name Captain Beefheart.

One of the founding fathers of experimental rock. He died in 2010 of complications from multiple sclerosis. - Gg2000

42 Joe Strummer Joe Strummer John Graham Mellor, known by his stage name Joe Strummer, was a British musician, singer, actor and songwriter who was the co-founder, lyricist, rhythm guitarist and lead vocalist of the Clash.

He died in 2002 from an undiagnosed congenial heart defect. He was 50 years old. - Gg2000

43 Lou Reed Lou Reed Lewis Allan "Lou" Reed (March 2, 1942 – October 27, 2013) was an American musician, singer, and songwriter. He was the guitarist, vocalist, and principal songwriter of the Velvet Underground, and his solo career spanned five decades. ...read more.

He died from liver disease in 2013 after undergoing a transplant. - Gg2000

44 Gregg Allman Gregg Allman

The lead singer of the Allman Brothers Band, he died at his home last year (2017) from complications related to liver cancer. - Gg2000

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