Greatest Rockers Who Died of Alcohol or Drugs

The Top Ten

1 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 more.

It’s tragic how he died. Poor guy choked on his vomit in his sleep after taking multiple drugs and getting blackout drunk. - Fuziion


He was and still is #1! I didnt know Moon died... when did this happen? - fireinside96

What a loss to the world that was!

2 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. more.

My absolute favorite dead rock star. Staley was so under-rated by the media, but he really wasn't looking for that anyway. It's just his fans that want him to receive the praise that he is due. Amazing vocal talent, always copied but never duplicated. RIP Layne

This man has struggled with heroin addiction for years and even though in his later days he was dope sick in 1996 he still kicked ass on stage with his haunting voice even if he was withered and weak but sadly he lost his battle to drugs and I hope he is in a better place

Most unique voice in rock history and a very talented musician. His story is so sad.

3 Elvis Presley Elvis Presley was an American musician and actor. Known as "The King" He was mostly known for his number 1 singles including "Heartbreak Hotel" "Hound Dog" "Jailhouse Rock" "Love me Tender" Elvis debuted in the movie "Love me Tender" and focused less on his music and continued that way. more.

The King of Rock N Roll. He started it all

Elvis hasn't die, he just got back home

4 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, more.

the most legendary rocker ever had to go out 8 days after a great performance of highway to hell, he lived my dream

he was very good in AC/DC and is better than bryan aswell - rockisgood132

No One is better than my dead idol. He's No. 1

a sad day for the rock community

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

He defined the Rock as a great vehicle for the Poetry; his genius made possible to superimpose and differentiate images of love and pain, abandonment and redemption, life and death.
Poet Musician,,, economy of words,,, fluency of images. King Lizard FOREVER

No one can replace jim morrison. He is one of the best singer writer poet. The one who define the love and pain in love. But we loose him so early. I wish I could had see him live. God give him peace

the world lost a great singer and songwriter...nobody will ever take the place of jim morrison - jwileson

I got him on my arm just because its Morrison he owned The 60s only rivals was Beatles and led zep and The Stones

6 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 more.

Soo sad, he was so great and legendary! - iTunesJunky

7 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.
8 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.

Awesome bassist. He influenced all modern bassists and was was voted bassist of the millenium. - dannydeloughry

9 Janis Joplin Janis Joplin (1943-1970) was an American singer who rose to fame as the main singer of acid band Big Brother and the Holding Company. She was known for her eccentric hippie style and psychedelic rock music.

Love her!

10 Jimmy 'The Rev' Sullivan

The greatest drummer and musician... He will be missed for all the thing he did for us and Avenged Sevenfold... He's not just anyone he is the rev and the greatest musician in the world... Listen to songs by a7x and listen to why he's the best!

A truly talented drummer who died of an accidental overdose on prescription drugs and alcohol...
RIP Jimmy. Avenged Sevenfold and the fans will never be the same without you.
A7X and Jimmy foREVer xx

The Contenders

11 Shannon Hoon Richard Shannon Hoon was an American singer-songwriter and musician. He was the lead singer of the band Blind Melon until his death in 1995.

It was tragic to lose a talent and soul like Shannon Hoon. He has touched so many lives with his words and music. Shannon's words saved and changed my life in so many ways. And I'm not alone.

12 Phil Lynott Philip Parris "Phil" Lynott was an Irish musician, singer and songwriter. His most commercially successful group was Thin Lizzy, of which he was a founding member, the principal songwriter, lead vocalist and bassist.
13 Sid Vicious John Beverly, born John Simon Ritchie, later named Sid Vicious, was an English musician, most famous as the bass guitarist of the influential punk rock band the Sex Pistols, and notorious for his arrest for the alleged murder of his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen.
14 Mike Starr Michael Christopher "Mike" Starr was an American musician, best known as the original bassist in Alice in Chains, which he played with from the band's formation in 1987 until 1993.
15 Brad Nowell

The members Sublime and the world of music were never the same. - Bboymakinwitthefrekfreak

16 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 more.

He's not a rockstar

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 more.

He died because he shot himself because he was depressed, heroin addiction was only half the reason and not his cause of death... - Bboymakinwitthefrekfreak

Wonder why he's not on the list - Nirvana blew the roof in the few years they were there

He didn't die of drugs. - Gruunge

18 Rory Gallagher William Rory Gallagher was an Irish blues and rock multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and bandleader.
19 Judee Sill
20 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.

He was on one of the greatest metal bands of our time... He will be missed and he will always be my favorite bassist...

He was a great bassist for Slipknot, and underrated. R.I.P. - Mumbizz01

21 Richard Manuel Richard George Manuel was a Canadian composer, singer, and multi-instrumentalist, best known as the pianist, regular lead singer, and occasional drummer of The Band.
22 Nick Drake Nicholas Rodney "Nick" Drake (19 June 1948 – 25 November 1974) was an English singer-songwriter and musician, known for his acoustic guitar-based songs. A singular talent who passed almost unnoticed during his brief lifetime, his work has posthumously achieved wider notice and recognition.
23 Prince Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 - April 21st, 2016) was an American musician, best known for being one of the most popular and influential artists from the 80s, with songs such as "Purple Rain", "Little Red Corvette", "1999", and "When Doves Cry" .
24 Garry Moore
25 Mitch Lucker Mitchell Adam "Mitch" Lucker was an American musician and lead singer for the deathcore band Suicide Silence.
26 Tim Buckley Timothy Charles "Tim" Buckley III (February 14, 1947 – June 29, 1975) was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. His music and style changed considerably through the years; he began his career based in folk music, but his subsequent albums incorporated jazz, psychedelia, funk, soul, avant-garde more.
27 Amy Winehouse Amy Jade Winehouse was an English singer and songwriter known for her deep expressive contralto vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres, including soul, rhythm and blues, and jazz. She is also a well-known member of the 27 Club, as she overdosed on alcohol at age 27.

But she isn't a rock musician and doesn't belong - Metal_Treasure

She was so talented! R.I.P.

28 Steve Clark Stephen Maynard Clark was an English musician. He was the lead guitarist and principal songwriter for the British hard rock band, Def Leppard, until 1991, when he died from alcohol poisoning.
29 Scott Weiland Scott Richard Weiland was an American musician, singer and songwriter. During a career spanning three decades, Weiland was best known as the lead singer of the band Stone Temple Pilots from 1989 to 2002 and 2008 to 2013.
30 Andrew Wood
31 GG Allin Kevin Michael "GG" Allin (born Jesus Christ Allin; 1956-1993) was an American singer, songwriter and record producer, who performed and recorded with many groups during his career. He was best known for his graphic live performances which included self-mutilation, parading around the stage naked, fighting more.
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