Top Ten Saddest Musician DeathsChickenlegs The ten saddest deaths of any musician. Any death in the music world, besides old age, can be added. Be sure to add the band, if the artists name isn't in the band name.
The Top Ten
John Lennon's death was by far the most tragic. He was shot out of the clear blur sky when he was going home to see his son. That is beyond sad. John Lennon was a true musician. He touched people with his honest lyrics that inspired everyone to think. Imagine if John Lennon was still alive, the world would be a better place.
It s really horrible to rank who's death was the most tragic but lennon's pointless murder and the fact that he literally changed the world and only wanted peace makes it the saddest. Mickeal jackson's death wasn't as tragic because his whole life was tragic I mourn the pain he went through since he was a kid. Freddy is tragic because he was a legend and he died from aids horribly. Jim morrison is second because he was my idol.
John Lennon didn't die of a drug overdose. He didn't commit suicide. He was ready to go. He was shot. And he had so much more going for him. He was recording Double Fantasy. And he was so excited about it. He went home early instead of going out to eat so he could go tuck Sean into bed and see him before he fell asleep. And instead he was shot in the back and he died. So no musician death is more saddening than John Lennon's. Because he had so much more to share with us. Happy Birthday John I miss you terribly.
I'm fairly certain he had finished Double Fantasy, but I agree with the sentiment of your post. - Billyv
ObviouslyV 36 Comments
His death was truly tragic, but come on. Don't go calling people stupid just because they miss Kurt Cobain or John Lennon more, anonymous commenter.
A legend has gone
The only artist that I shed tears for. I sometimes think about him and his life. Even though the way he died was not as horrible as that of those other singers like John Lennon his death hurts more because of the things some people said about him when he was still alive, it was all just so wrong. MJ was the sweetest person ever and he worked for peace. Michael will forever be in my heart. He lived a life that is just different in a good way.
There's no other Michael Jackson ever in pop history.V 41 Comments
An absolutely stunning lyricist, a great guitarist, and such a vibrant appearance and attitude -- a person who could be wild and crazy on stage, but logical and kind off of it. 14 years after his death, he continues to have and to gain fans and inspire many.
It's entirely possible he could have been seen as a worldwide legend like many others on this list if his life hadn't been cut short or if more of the world had been more open-minded about Asian musicians back in the 1980s/1990s.
I think it's enough to say that after almost 15 years that he passed away, (December 13, 1964 - May 2, 1998) people still mourn his death, and people who know him recently, wish that he was still alive. And even after all this time, his legacy and the love of all his fans remains.
I only discovered hide and his music a few months ago, but I've been thinking a lot about him since then. I grew up knowing about John Lennon and Freddie Mercury and all them, but somehow this one makes me so much sadder.
15 years already, and it's still so sad. We miss you PINK SPIDERV 4 Comments
If Cobain had lived another ten years, we wouldn't have to listen to nickelback or lil wayne. Think about that - timfitzpatrick
I was born in 1999 so I wasn't around when he was but I still look up to him and although he is dead now his story and his music will never die there are other great bands out right now that were inspired by nirvana and they are all great bands. Kurt Cobain will always be one of my favorite musicians.
KuRt Cobain was the best singer at that time and would have been a legend if he had the chance to live. I have full evidence that his wife killed him with various technics. But it is not possible for me to case a file that is old. But in after life, there will be judgement.
He was murderd not suicide. His blood was at three times the lethal dose of heroine how and why would he then pick up a shotgun and shoot himself.V 33 Comments
4%?! This guy was THE most influential singer of the 80s, and his death was as shocking as anything to the public world. Who knows how many more classics Queen could have created if he never died? This is a tragedy of THE greatest characters and showman in music history.
Freddie, really, truly was one of a kind. Kurt Cobain's death was tragic too. Kurt actually mentioned Freddie in his suicide note. Think how much different music would be right now if Freddie was still alive. All this bullcrap that goes on all the time. Freddie would have changed everything.
P.S: Freddie was not gay. He was bisexual. His main female love was Mary Austin. He wrote a song about her called Love of my life.
Whoever did not cry at the announcement of his death has no heart. I was so sad when I first found out. My brother told me since I was born too late.
He went away not as a star... but as a legendV 29 Comments
Sad. She was an amazing singer, a great role model, an astounding, great person, and one of the greatest musicians of all time. She wasn't just a singer, she was a mother. She raised a child. She is amazing. WHY DID SHE HAVE TO DIE! :(
Whitney's voice can't miss her the best singer she is interesting people in history and her pure voice in the song makes the song beautiful and it she needs to die because she is retiring in music - RockAngel
She had one of the best voices of all times and I was so sad when she died, I just couldn't believe we lost such a big and unique voice.
My heart stopped when I heard her deathV 4 Comments
In my opinion he had the worst death because he got crushed by his own tour bus! R.I. P
Improved every album. Just imagine how insane he would be at the time of Death Magnetic. Instead of a Kirk solo every song, they would have 4 Cliff solos per song. Also never got to see Metallica earn a Diamond Album. So much in thrash could have changed if it weren't for his death.
burton was taken way too soon man, in the prime of his career and when metallica was just getting really popular. - andrewXmetallica92
He dead but world be gooder if not deadV 6 Comments
Amazing singer and songwriter. Superb vocal and lyrical quality, really one of a kind. She reinvented the Motown and Soul sounds, bringing refreshing, new, innovative music. Her tragic passing in summer of 2011 just marked the beginning of the tremendous legacy Ms. Winehouse would live behind. Until this very day, she has inspired a thousand of musicians, especially female singer and songwriters, to pursue originality and uniqueness in their music. She is best known for her songs: "Rehab, " "Back To Black, " "You Known I'm No Good, " "Tears Dry On Their Own, " "Just Friends, " "Valerie, " "In My Bed, " "Stronger Than Me, " "F*** Me Pumps, " and "Take The Box. "
Beautiful lyricist who still chills me to the bone. I am sad to see that she is not significantly higher given how much she has influenced millions of artists around the world. Her music will live forever, she reinvented an entire genre and makes me cry. I'm actually too young to remember her properly and yet I have the utmost respect for her. So sad.
I was watching the news right at the moment when news got out that she had died from a relapse of alcohol effects. She was only 27. She has joined the 27 club with Kurt Cobain, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix. 1983-2011 - ItsDaWorldOfSNuGGLEZ
She's in the 27 club. My favorite song by her is "Stronger Than Me".V 3 Comments
Not only Bowie was loved by millions and continued to amaze us as he got older, but it was out of the blue when he died.He wanted to keep his battle against cancer a secret, so that we the fans won't be so saddened on his final days. So not only his sudden death was agonizing, but also the we he said goodbye touched us all inside. His music video of his song, "Lazarus", released only days before he passed was his final goodbye to the world. Even his death was very classy in art. In a way he is like Lazarus. Though Bowie isn't coming back from the dead, his legacy is going to be around forever.
I woke up to the news of his death on the day I had an exam. I was so emotionally shot that halfway through the exam I just gave up and turned it in incomplete. I excused myself to the bathroom and cried in a stall for 20 minutes. He had been such an inspiration to me and he was gone just like that. I can barely explain how crushing that still is to me.
He was just amazing! How can anyone not agree? I listened to his music for days after I found out he died. So awesome and so influential. I also think it's awesome that a new constellation was named in his honor.
He taught the whole world that it's normal to be different.V 7 Comments
She died in one of the most horrible ways possible. Whenever I watch the music video for rock the boat I remember her and the 8 other people that were with her in the plane crash that took their lives. She was going to be much bigger than she already was. Aaliyah was such an amazing singer, young and beautiful and its hard to believe she is gone :'( 1979-2001 We love you baby girl! - ItsDaWorldOfSNuGGLEZ
She was truly an amazing artist as well as an individual! Very beautiful and talented. She had the whole package singing, acting, and just being real 24/7.
Aaliyah ' s Death Shocked The World Including me
I Cried Because She's Been A Role Model To Me And Inspired Others
She Was Only 22 When She Died R.I. P To Ms. Aaliyah Haughton
I still think he should have been knighted as he had done so much for charity and world music recognition.
Come on guys, this was the saddest death ever! His last words were love one another!
If The Beatles hadn't become famous, they'd all be alive. George wouldn't have gotten cancer because he wouldn't have smoked pot, and I don't need to explain John. That thought alone is sad. - GuitarZero
Excuse me but George's cancer came from smoking tobacco cigarettes. In fact, while it may not be the best choice to make, smoking pot is nowhere near as bad for the lungs and heart as tobacco. - Billyv
His was really sad, even though he died the year before I was born. His music lives on forever. His words will stay with us forever. R.I.P George Harrison, one of the most legendary people to ever exist.❤🙏
"Love one another" - George Harrison's last words - kaitlynrad11
Jimi should be in the top 2, with John Lennon. Only 27 years old, he is without question the greatest guitarist that ever lived. He only lived to produce 3 albums (Are You Experienced? , Axis: Bold as Love, Electric Ladyland) and those albums are considered some of the greatest albums in popular music history, as well as having a tremendous influence on what rock would become. Imagine if he lived.
Guitar genius, The Guitar God, achieved so much success in a short career of just 4-5 years!
Others take it a lifetime to achieve!
He was only 27 when he died. Imagine what other music he could of done and icon he would have been
Amazing guitarist RIP jimiV 3 Comments
Brains, charisma and super talented. Tupac may be remembered as a gangsta rapper but in reality he was a renaissance man. Not only involved in music but he was an up and coming actor who was also planning on releasing a book of poetry before his untimely passing. A true legend taken from us before his time. May you forever Rest In Peace Mr Tupac Amaru Shakur
Whoever did this will eventually pay. R. I. P. - 3anegroes
He is the best we will ever have. There will never be any greater.R.I.P. Tupac Shakur. You will be forever loved and missed.
COME ONE GOD GIVE US TUPAC SHAKUR AND WE WILL GIVE U JUSTIN BIEBERV 12 Comments
As sad as I am and how I wish that he's still here, I'm just thankful a local god descended this earth to touch our hearts and change our lives and the music world forever. For fans, we just see the amazing, funny, intense and great personality he has. At his best, he was very happy so that's a comfort. He lived life the way he wanted and saw it - no pretense and no compromise. He was so blatantly honest and real that his music and lyrics reflected it. No amount of money, fame and success that these "musicians" have nowadays will ever equal to the kind of life Layne has attained in his short but very significant life he lived. R.I.P. layne, we will love you forever...
Layne Staley was and still is the voice of my generation. He had one of the most incredible voices. The world lost a great talent 9 1/2 years ago. Sadly his cause of death has overshadowed his talent, maybe someday they will give him the credit he is due. Hopefully others will find his music and enjoy the gifts he gave us so long ago. RIP Layne - You are missed...
To keep it short: he had an incredible voice, a shy/endearing personality and a charisma most people simply don't possess. No one will ever sound like Layne ever again, and if the new 'Alice in Chains' think they can replace and forget, they're WRONG. He was one of the best people, he didn't deserve to die, especially at such a young age.
Not only the saddest deaths, but the last few years of his life were some of the saddest.V 11 Comments
R.I. P brother dime, you didn't deserve it
We all Miss you Dimebag. R.I. P The greatest man of all time.
Dimebag was murdered on stage this is shocking
R.I.P Darrell (1966 - 2004)
How is he not number one everyone cried when they heard he was killed - christangrantV 6 Comments
Why 2016! David Bowie and now... PRINCE!?!? I was a huge fan of the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Metallica, Queen, David Bowie, AND Prince! I literally cried 24/7. HOW DARE U 2016!
There is no excuse to have Prince at number 48. Put him in the top 5. - EpicJake
He was a great yet inspiring artist
Why is he at #16? He should at least be number 3.V 5 Comments
So sad that his own father shot him. R.I. P in music heaven
So sad! The worst part is that he was murdered by his own FATHER. RIP Marvin Gaye.
I never heard off him until clients pu think'she " Marvin gaye" but I read about his death and it was very tragic... rip marvinV 2 Comments
he was the greatest singer for acdc he was the one that made them famous in the first place and now he can't see there success now. RIP bon scott - Rocky5
Bon Scott is an absolute legend. He didn't deserve to die so young. Ride On, Bon!V 3 Comments
Man! The Who wouldn't have broken up by then!
A real good drummer but no gene krupaV 1 Comment
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