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.
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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'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.
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
Undeniably a leader in his field. I remember the morning after he passed. It was a somber mood at school. And a day I will never forget. I can only imagine what he would have done had he lived. Most certainly he would have given more music. A genius in all that he did. Spokesman for the underdog. Just a guy with his wife, trying to make the world better. Nearly 38 yrs ago he was taken and the world was forever changed. I am still saddened that he is gone.V 52 Comments
His music is terrible and he seemed like a creep... He doesn't deserve the second spot.
I just want to respond to the guy saying you're glad he's gone and that the kids are safe:
No dude, Michael Jackson wasn't a pedophile, it's all just lies!
Glad he is gone, now the kids are safe. His music sucks.
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.V 53 Comments
Even in death he still touches lies and make a difference. Queen songs are in a lot of commercials.
Why did he die - Legend1221
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.
If Cobain had lived another ten years, we wouldn't have to listen to nickelback or lil wayne. Think about that - timfitzpatrick
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.
I learned plenty things about him recently and I think his suicide is very sad, Nirvana is a very good group. He killed himself because he hated being popular with Nirvana, but I think they would eventually quit and Dave would have started the Foo Fighters (a group I like very much) anyway. He said he was ugly but I think he's quite cute - fleakat
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.V 40 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
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.
Death of Freddie Mercury, John Lennon, Kurt Cobain, Jimmy Hendrix or Cliff Burton weren't very sad to me. Cause I was born hearing about their deaths. The saddest deaths to me are deaths like David Bowie, Gregg Allman, Chuck Berry, Chris Cornell etc. - zxmV 8 Comments
The best bassist known. He changed thrash metal so much, and you could actually hear his bass in songs. His influence was so insane that Metallica wouldn't be the same without him. Considering Metallica's greatest rival, Megadeth, had a song dedicated to him, In My Darkest Hour, it's not hard to tell his death shook buildings and hearts.
If he was still alive, Metallica would have been the greatest metal band in history of music.
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.V 11 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.
Long time since I felt so bad for someone I never met. Not since I was a kidV 4 Comments
Being shot by a deranged man while performing. Right in front of his brother. Right after his band's breakup. As tragic as it gets. - JoLeKosovo
Move over Lennon. Its Dimes time.
We want you back!
I have no words, only tears, this man was a god, and to see him taken away from us, his killer deserved to be taken off this planet, but dime, if you can hear me, you have touched all of our hearts, metal fans all over the world miss you, you have shown what metal truly is, and to be a man as wild as you are I wish to speek to you at your grave and someday when I am 21 have a shot of black tooth grin, we love you dime, and I will follow in your footsteps whatever it takes to make you proud, we love you, I love you. Rest in peace my friend.V 15 Comments
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!
I read a newspaper article the other day from when he survived the stabbing, and it made a comment about how he had recently gotten through a fight with cancer and it made me so sad.
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. - BillyvV 3 Comments
Seems the average person commenting sees tragic and saddest as the same thing, in my opinion John Lennon being shot was more tragic, but saddest has to be Layne and I am not sure it's even close.
Perhaps main stream people aren't aware, but dying alone in your apartment at 86# and sitting dead on drug paraphernalia with the light of the T.V. flickering is one of the saddest things I've ever heard.
That applies to anyone, let alone a person who impacted so many lives with his honest lyrics and kind heart.
To all of the fallen, RIP
It was tragic. We all saw him crumbling, even he saw himself crumbing, but nobody could do anything about it.
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...V 18 Comments
Still have not recovered- 2 years later
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
Worst death in my era, Lost our Jimi HendrixV 7 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
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
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.
He was only 1 day away from his next birthday. 😥 - Cesium
Best Motown act with tammy terrel 2 tragic deathsV 2 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
Rest in peace to Aaliyah and all of the other people that also died in the airplane crash. She was the best and allways will be. WE LOVE YOU BABY GIRL!V 3 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!
Ride On, Bon and Rock In Peace!
Rest in peace mateV 2 Comments
Elvis Presley death was the saddest in music the man who became the king of rock and all different kinds of music and did a lot of movies threw the 60s and a U. S veteran Elvis was my hero and I miss him
He died young at age 42 in 1977. RIP "The King". - EpicJake
HIS DEATH IS 17TH? ARE YOU EVEN SERIOUS? It's SO UNFAIR!
He died the worst way possible taking a 💩
Come on! his death signaled the end of led zeppelin's career! how is that not sad? - abbytoledo1293
I always wonder what zeppelin would have achieved if he was still alive..
He was amazing just wish he was around a bit longer like amazing guy he will be missed by many - mneilan
Led Zeppelin were great and could have carried on if Bonzo livedV 1 Comment
Song of the millenium
Screw you cancer! - ItsDaWorldOfSNuGGLEZ
Man! The Who wouldn't have broken up by then!
I miss him and love him
A real good drummer but no gene krupa
Very sad, and signaled the end of one of the most inventive and eccentric artists. EVER! - Jiorl
What a badass bass player, there will be no one like Lemmy. I will now have a drink for you Lemmy, you will be missed.
So cool and so badass! It stinks that he died. He was one awesome dude.
Also, Benjamin Orr, anyone?
WHY DID UE DIE
The Rolling Stones is a really great band.
His death was so sad it shocked everyone, and, although many of us were not alive at the time of his death, including me, we've ALL heard the songs that were based off his death, like American Pie. - emraldYE
Holly would of been a definite force in the music industry. Should be near the top of untimely music deaths
He did a lot in his 2 years in music industry!... More than the rolling stones in their 50 yr career! Even influenced The Beatles
Incredibly talented, brilliant writer, skilled guitarist and great vocalist. Very versatile musician. Throw on Sublime at any party and hard to beat the mood. Tragic loss, cut too short.
Greatest musician. Life cut short just as he makes it big time. How is he not higher?
Of he wouldn't have died. The music world would be totally different
:,( very good band, extremely talented and fun, so sad to see him goV 1 Comment
Jim Morrison of the Doors
He had amazing lyrical ability and sadly died of a heroin overdose. He was one of the most famous people from the 27 club, including Curt Kobain.R.I.P. all dead musicians.
Well he actually isn't dead... He's alive at a farm in Oregon where he raises horses obviously
Hated his own voice
So unexpected, everyone was relaxed to see this man for years to come. But when looking close in hindsight there was a lot of signs.
The greatest voice in the world. His talent will never be forgotten, R.I.P.
A generational talent that had a huge effect on my life. His singing and songwriting talents were top tier. With Soundgarden, supergroup Audioslave and his solo efforts, his body of work will reverberate through music for generations. Rest in peace.
He was a true legend, one of the original grunge artists, and he paved the way for so much change in the music world. His voice was one of the most powerful in rock, and his words were dark and soothing. Rock on in the afterlife!V 3 Comments
His father also died a tragic death and was one of the greatest musician and ironically wrote a song called song to the siran and many years later his would die of drowning but jeff was a great singer who died too soon
1 album, no artist that great should only get the chance for a single album. And yet the quality on that album - that is what makes it the saddest, he could have done so much more with his life. His death was such a throw away moment too, swum into the river and then a few minutes later he was gone - not a death worthy of this brilliant musician, no depression, no struggle, no point to it. Just another sad accident.
The best vocalist ever, cut down in his prime. So so sad! - dxfifa
Truley an amazing rapper. If she was still alive, Nicki Minaj would not have a career. But like I was saying. She always rapper about what was on her mind, and what was also cool was that her lyrics came from the bottom of her heart.R.I. P LEFT EYE, YOUR TRULEY MISSED, YOUR LEGACY STILL LIVES ON, TLC4EVA!
1℅!? Lisa was one of the most influential female rappers ever. She should at least be in the top 20. 8 months after Aaliyah right on the same day she died And more than 30,000 people attended her funeral. An amazing female rapper with a great singing voice. Great friends with 2pac and they both died horribly. R.I.P Lisa - ItsDaWorldOfSNuGGLEZ
Another member of the 27 club.
Why is she not in the top 10? - ItsDaWorldOfSNuGGLEZ
Both him and otis were huge talents that died young
This guy should be up there with Curt and MJ. It was his you heard from the teenage room in the 00’s!
His death has hit me the hardest as of May 12, 2018. - 3DG20
Chester, was an inspiration beyond just his songs. They way he lived, the way he spoke,the way he took care of his fans, seeing it all from afar was so awe inspiring that I remember saving myself from a potential suicide by one of their songs. In the end, it did matter Chester, it mattered to a whole lot of us.
Almost threw up when I saw the news... so tragic and so recent. Another child hood legend gone. He could scream and had great vocals.V 11 Comments
Like Robert Johnson and Buddy Holly who died before him, Randy Died far too young. whilst many musicians on this list died with numerous albums under their belts, Randy died producing very little for the industry. What Randy made during his time with Ozzy was brilliant, but Imagine what he could've done afterwards. He wanted to go to university to play classical guitar, imagine the albums he could make. The guy was brilliant and did not deserve to die. Bon Scott and Freddie Mercury had done a lot for the industry and whilst their deaths were sad, I feel Randy's death is sadder because of not only his age, but how much of an impact he made with his short time with us, when he had so much more in him. Rest in peace to all those mentioned on this list.
Even with such a short career he is still considered one of the greatest guitarists of all time. He was very much ahead of his time with a unique neo-classical guitar style. One can now only imagine what he could've achieved musically with a career that lasted decades instead of mere years. - petrucci75hammet
One of the flashiest metal guitarists ever. Made music entertaining, always will be a legend
Think about what he did in the short time he was as given. If he was still alive, imagine what he would of accomplished. Now we'll never know :'(V 2 Comments
Take it easy up there glenn
Despite conflicting evidence as to Elliott's mental state in the last weeks of his life, there is no question that he was on an upward trajectory overall - having been clean from illicit drugs and excited to be recording again. Elliott had such a big heart and was by all accounts a person full of love and generosity. Not to mention, one of the most talented and profoundly affecting musicians that ever lived.
The question of suicide vs homicide will probably never be answered for certain (except for perhaps one person who knows for sure). That question may add to the legend, but either way it is monumentally tragic. Just look at the footage of his very last concert (Redfast, UT). The man, apart from a little irritation at messing up a few times, seems much more at peace than almost any concert you'll see of his from his last 4 or 5 years. From the guitar work and singing you can tell he has clearly put the focus back onto his music.
He came so close to getting back to ...more
Love, love will tear us apart again, and it did
Such a depressing life, I bet he's looking down down on new order and happy to see how far they got.
Such a talented guy, Joy Division are still regarded as one of the most influential bands of all time.
He had the saddest eyes ever
He had so much potential. he could have made the great soul album but he died before he had the chance - RecklessGreed
Don't understand why nobody had voted him
Such s good singer
SITTING ON THE DOCK OF THE BAY
Just watch the music video for hurt. Tragic...
Johnny cash was a great man but he was extremely old when he died so I didn't find it that sad.
He died the same day funnyuser was born.
How can you say that I mean Johnny cash is known as the man in black in black and he has a great talented family him, June, and his daugter Rosanne Cash.
Such a talented rapper, to get gunned down in a revenge act just before you sign a major record deal is just the worst case of luck I've ever heard. R.I. P
Killed when his car was hit by a tractor-trailer. Among other great contributions, he founded WHY - World Hunger Year - which became WHO - World Hunger Organization - Billyv
Mitch Lucker was drunk and speeding through traffic. I'm sorry, but he brought it on himself, and I have no sympathy for him. If he didn't die that night, then an innocent person could have. - ryanrimmel
Honestly I have to agree with this. His wife told him not to do it and he didn't listen. Why would he even think of being on the road drunk? Doesn't everyone know how stupid that is? I feel bad for his family, (I mean, he left behind a daughter who was only 5 when she lost her dad) but I strongly disapprove of what he did. - Cesium
He wasn't just a band member, but a father and a husband as well. You will never be forgotten... - ItsDaWorldOfSNuGGLEZ
One of the most tragic deaths in metal history. We miss you Mitch. R.I.P.
Definitely one of the most tragic events in deathcore history - something people won't shut up about..V 4 Comments
The only one listed who pioneered a genre and gave birth to two others. In 50 years he may be the most influential to musicians than any other listed.
He is the one who shows us the right way and what human really is. He is a philosopher, take a look of his songs. What the hell is wrong with you guys? What the hell Tupac is doing on the list? - Sverre
Brilliant man. Tragic death due to horrible healthcare.
My favourite musician. So sad. Rip Chuck. - OliwallyV 4 Comments
Chi suffered for 5 years being in a tragic car accident in 2008 which landed him in a coma. He eventually woke up, and we put all our hope that Chi would make it back home and recover safely, which he did for a little while. Then, completely out of nowhere, he dies. He died a very under appreciated rock/metal bassist. We miss you Chi.
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