Top Ten Saddest Musician Deaths of the 20th Century


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21 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".

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23 Marvin Gaye 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

24 Selena Quintanilla 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 Jeff Buckley 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

26 Ian Curtis 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

27 Keith Moon Keith Moon
28 Ricky Wilson (The B-52s)
29 Keith Relf 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.

30 Aaliyah 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

31 Mia Zapata 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.

32 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. 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

33 Otis Redding Otis Redding Otis Ray Redding, Jr. was an American singer, songwriter, record producer, arranger, and talent scout.
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35 Tim Buckley 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.
36 Cozy Powell 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.

37 Criss Oliva Criss Oliva Christopher "Criss" Michael Oliva was an American musician who was the lead guitarist and co-founder of the band Savatage.
38 Sid Vicious 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.
39 Brian Jones Brian Jones Lewis Brian Hopkin Jones was an English musician, the founder and the original leader of the Rolling Stones.
40 Janis Joplin 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

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