Top Ten Saddest Musician Deaths of the 20th Century

The Top Ten

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!

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

World changing, phenomenal activist for peace and other worldly musician. Loved him so!

You are beyond loved, admired, Adored and missed!

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 ...read more.

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

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

A great leader and a great singer and songwriter.

Freddie is still with us.

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. ...read 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.

I know people are saying that he died because of drug.But from what I heard he didn't die because of drug.He gained too much fat.But his fans would want him as the same presley as 50s.that's why he was taking treatments to lose fat.And thus he died.(again I heard not sure)

He died sitting on a toilet

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

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

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

Courtney Love is responsible for his death.

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, ...read 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. ...read 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 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.
10 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.

The Contenders

11 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.
12 Jim Morrison James Douglas "Jim" Morrison was an American singer, songwriter, and poet best remembered as the lead singer of the Doors.
13 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 ...read 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.

14 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.
15 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 ...read more.

Straight Outta Compton

16 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

17 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.

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.

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 ...read more.
19 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".

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

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

Who murders their own son?

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 ...read more.
22 Ricky Wilson (The B-52s)
23 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.

24 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"

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!

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