Top Ten Saddest Musician Deaths of the 20th Century

The Top Ten Saddest Musician Deaths of the 20th Century

1 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.

The way Lennon died was one of the most horrible ways possible. He wasn't battling cancer. He didn't suffer a cardiac arrest. He didn't suffer an overdose of drugs. And he didn't suffer a disease. He was shot. He was only 40 years old. We miss you, Lennon! - EpicJake

Not only was he shot, which is one of the scariest and most disturbing ways to go, he was killed by his own fan. - Catacorn

You are beyond loved, admired, Adored and missed!

This list is getting popular fast... - EpicJake

2 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 more.

Death didn't even stop him. He is basically immortal. RIP Mr. Fahrenheight, you will be remembered by many generations ahead.

A great leader and a great singer and songwriter. - EpicJake

Even though he is on top #3 pretty soon he will be on top of the list. - zxm

He is the number one.

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.

Presley died in arguably the most unhealthy way possible. He died of an overdose of drugs and junk food in Memphis, TN. He was only 42 years old. - EpicJake

He died sitting on a toilet

Idiotic mess

Update : I just recently read that he had some genetic problems.which could be a cause of his heart attack.that's mean there's no surety that he died because of drugs - zxm

4 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 Copenhagen whilst promoting Metallica's more.
5 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.

Courtney Love is responsible for his death.

He died horribly. His cause of death was that he committed suicide. - EpicJake

6 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.

There's no one like Bon Scott. Voice or personality

7 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.
8 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. more.

His death truly was the day the music died

R.I.P Big Bopper, Buddy Holly, and Richie Valens. The Day The Music Died

9 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 more.

She didn't die in the 20th...

Christina died in the 21st century not the 20th century - topbesttopworst2

Cross it from here, she died in 21st century. Not 20th century. - zxm

Poor girl died just as she was growing up like XXXTENTACION

10 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.

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11 Duane Allman Howard Duane Allman was an American guitarist, session musician, and co-founder and leader of the Allman Brothers Band until his death in a motorcycle crash in 1971, when he was 24 years old.
12 Jim Morrison James Douglas "Jim" Morrison was an American singer, songwriter, and poet best remembered as the lead singer of the Doors.
13 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.
14 Ritchie Valens Richard Steven Valenzuela (May 13, 1941 – February 3, 1959), known as Ritchie Valens, was an American singer, songwriter and guitarist. A rock and roll pioneer and a forefather of the Chicano rock movement, Valens' recording career lasted eight months, as it abruptly ended when he died (aged 17) in more.

So sad that he died from a coin toss if he lost we would still have him. R.I.P Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and Big Bopper. The Day The Music Died.

15 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.
16 Eazy E Eric Lynn Wright better known by his stage name "Eazy-E", was an American rapper who performed solo and in the hip hop group N.W.A. He is affectionately called "The Godfather of Gangsta Rap". He was born to Richard and Kathie Wright in Compton, California. On March 26, 1995 Eazy-E dies from complications more.

Straight Outta Compton

17 Ronnie Van Zant Ronald Wayne "Ronnie" Van Zant was an American lead vocalist, primary lyricist, and a founding member of the Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Was sad the way he died - Disturbedpotato

18 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.
19 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 more.

He ask his rival Tupac both have similar deaths.

Both were shot dead by a gunman who rolled to the right side of their cars while at a red light.

20 Randy California

The founder and lead guitarist of the band "Spirit", he died a hero saving his 13-year old son from dangerous Hawaiian surf. He also "may", or "may not", have written the first part of "Stairway to Heaven".

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

Who murders their own son?

He was shot by his own father, of course it's sad - EpicJake

23 Ricky Wilson (The B-52s)
24 Selena Quintanilla Selena Quintanilla-Pérez was an American singer, songwriter, spokesperson, actress, and fashion designer.

So sad she was murder by Yolanda. And she wanted to have kids.

25 Adam Yauch Adam Nathaniel Yauch was an American rapper, singer, musician, songwriter, director and film distributor. He was best known as a founding member of the hip hop group Beastie Boys.

"MCA, where have you been? " we miss the Beastie Boys down here! - Lotuscandy

26 Cass Elliot

Aka "Mama Cass"

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

On evening of May 29th 1997, Jeff Buckley went swimming in a channel of the Mississippi River, while wearing boots and all of his clothing and singing the chorus of the song "Whole Lotta Love" by Led Zeppelin. Witnesses lost sight of him one short moment, and he had disappeared. Autopsy showed no signs of drugs or alcohol in his system, and the death was ruled as an accidental drowning.
Elizabeth Fraser who was his friend, wrote lyrics to the Massive Attack song "Teardrop" (and sang it) thinking of Buckley's death - Lotuscandy

28 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. more.

He suffered from severe epilepsy and depression. He experienced epileptic seizures even on stage, there were several incidents when he collapsed whilst performing and had to be carried offstage. The day before the band's departure for their first US tour (May 18th 1980) he hang himself in the kitchen of his house, at the age of 23. Later, the remaining members of the group formed New Order.
There's an excellent movie based on his life, it's "Control" by Anton Corbijn - Lotuscandy

29 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.

She died just sixteen days after Jimi Hendrix, and like him at the age of 27, making them number 2 and 3 (after Brian Jones) in which will become the infamous "27 club" (it refers to the belief that an unusual number of popular musicians have died at age 27), like Jim Morrisson 1 year later, but it wasn't until the death of Kurt Cobain, about two and a half decades later, that the idea of a "27 Club" began to catch on in public perception. Amy Winehouse, Kristen Pfaff (from Hole), Mia Zapata and many others are sadly also members of this "club" - Lotuscandy

30 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.
31 Keith Relf Keith Relf was an English musician, well known as the lead singer for the psychedelic band The Yardbirds.

He was the lead singer of the Yardbirds, and later died the ultimate rocker's death, electrocuted himself while rehearsing in the bathtub with a plugged in electric guitar.

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. more.

Actually, she died in the beginning of the 21st Century... - EpicJake

33 Mia Zapata Mia Katherine Zapata (August 25, 1965 – July 7, 1993) was the lead singer for the Seattle punk band The Gits. After gaining praise in the nascent grunge rock scene, Zapata was murdered in 1993 during the recording of The Gits second album. The crime went unsolved for a decade before her killer, Jesus more.

Such a talent, taken for no reason at all.

34 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.

Honestly I liked Alice in Chains more then Nirvana, and I find his death to be more tragic then Kobain.

Lead singer of AiC. True frontman. RIP

35 Karen Carpenter Karen Anne Carpenter was an American singer and drummer. She and her brother, Richard Carpenter, formed the 1970s duo Carpenters.
36 Otis Redding Otis Ray Redding, Jr. was an American singer, songwriter, record producer, arranger, and talent scout.
37 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.
38 Cozy Powell Colin Trevor "Cozy" Powell was an English rock drummer, who made his name with many major rock bands and artists like The Jeff Beck Group, Rainbow, Robert Plant, Whitesnake and Black Sabbath.

It's tragic he died in an automobile accident. He was a very powerful drummer, amazing when he was with Rainbow. He'll be missed R.I.P.

39 Criss Oliva Christopher "Criss" Michael Oliva was an American musician who was the lead guitarist and co-founder of the band Savatage.
40 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.
41 Brian Jones Lewis Brian Hopkin Jones was an English musician, the founder and the original leader of the Rolling Stones.
42 Michael Hutchence Michael Kelland John Hutchence (22 January 1960 – 22 November 1997) was an Australian musician and actor. He was a founding member, lead singer and lyricist of rock band INXS from 1977 until his death in 1997.

He was found dead in a hotel in Sidney, Australia. He was the lead singer of INXS. RIP, Hutchence. - EpicJake

43 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 and most influential bassists of all time. Influenced many such as Geddy Lee, John Myung etc. He died due to cancer

44 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.
45 Jeff Hanneman Jeffrey John "Jeff" Hanneman was an American musician, best known as a founding member of the American thrash metal band Slayer.
46 Annette Funicello

She was everything to everyone. She was a Mouseketeer, a singer, an actress, a dancer. She passed away due to complications from Multiple Sclerosis. I lister to "pineapple princess" and "tall Paul" and I smile.

47 The Big Bopper
48 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.

He was a massively talented guitarist that died at 24 years old in a plane crash - Johnnyt800

49 Eddie Cochran Edward Raymond "Eddie" Cochran (October 3, 1938 – April 17, 1960) was an American musician. Rock and roll pioneer, he was only 21 years old when he died in a car crash. more.

Cochran died at age 21 after a road accident, while traveling in a taxi with his fiancée and Gene Vincent. Cochran, who was seated in the center of the back seat, threw himself over his fiancée (songwriter Sharon Sheeley), to shield her, and was thrown out of the car when the door flew open, he was the only killed in the crash. - Lotuscandy

50 Marc Bolan Marc Bolan, born Mark Feld (30 September 1947 – 16 September 1977) was an English singer-songwriter, musician, guitarist, and poet. He was best known as the lead singer of the glam rock band T. Rex. Bolan was one of the first pioneers of the glam rock movement of the 1970s. He died at age 29 in a more.

He was a pioneer of the glam rock movement in the 1970s and David Bowie's song Lady Stardust is about him.
Bolan died on 16 September 1977, two weeks before his 30th birthday, he was a passenger in a car driven by his girlfriend and mother of his son, Gloria Jones (the original singer of Tainted Love). She crashed the car, Bolan was killed instantly, while Jones suffered a broken arm, a broken jaw and spent time in hospital, she didn't learn of Bolan's death until the day of his funeral. - Lotuscandy

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