Top Ten Saddest Musician Deaths

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

1 John Lennon (The Beatles) John Lennon (The Beatles) 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.

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

John Lennon's miss our music leader

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2 Michael Jackson Michael Jackson Michael Joseph Jackson was an American singer, dancer, and songwriter born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana and passed away on June 25, 2009. He donated (at least) a remarkable 500,000,000 dollars to charity. Michael is also known as The King of Pop (a title given to him by Elizabeth Taylor) or under more.

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

His death tore my soul apart his music could make anyone dance, smile or sing even if you're not a fan you have to admit his singing and dancing was legend and to lose this talented soup from the music world is basically tearing music apart his legacy will remain forever he will continue to inspire but it's just tragic that he's not here anymore

RIP KING OF POP! Saddest Death Ever! - Bndspitw

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3 Freddie Mercury 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.

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.

Freddie Mercury is the true god.

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4 Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain was born February 20, 1967, in Aberdeen, Washington. In 1987, he started the grunge band Nirvana. 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 Seattle home in 1994.

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 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.

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

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5 Hideto Matsumoto (X-Japan) Hideto Matsumoto (X-Japan)

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.

Hide, why did you do this to us?! ;( He was so talented and wonderful. R.I.P hide

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6 David Bowie David Bowie David Robert Jones was an English singer born in London on January 8, 1947, the son of a fundraiser and a waitress. He died in New York on January 10, 2016 at the age of 69, a hero to millions. more.

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. - zxm

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7 Cliff Burton (Metallica) Cliff Burton (Metallica) 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.

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

Half of these people died of drug overdose or suicide (besides RJD, Randy Rhoads, and Dimebag Darrel) which makes their deaths their down dumb fault as they left a family behind. This guy was killed by his tour bus being driven by someone presumably drunk. Cliff should be at the top, he died way too soon at age TWENTY FOUR.

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8 Whitney Houston Whitney Houston Whitney Elizabeth Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012) was an American singer, actress, producer, and model. In 2009, Guinness World Records cited her as the most awarded female act of all time. Houston is one of pop music's best-selling music artists of all-time, with an estimated 170–200 more.

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.

I cired when she died - Andyman

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9 Jimi Hendrix 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.

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 jimi

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10 Prince Prince Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 - April 21st, 2016) was an American musician, best known for being one of the most popular and influential artists from the 80s, with songs such as "Purple Rain", "Little Red Corvette", "1999", and "When Doves Cry" .

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 Hendrix

Why is he at #16? He should at least be number 3.

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The Contenders

11 Amy Winehouse Amy Winehouse Amy Jade Winehouse was an English singer and songwriter known for her deep expressive contralto vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres, including soul, rhythm and blues, and jazz. She is also a well-known member of the 27 Club, as she overdosed on alcohol at age 27.

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


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12 George Harrison George Harrison George Harrison was an English guitarist, singer, songwriter, and music and film producer who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the Beatles.

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.

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

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13 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 .

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.

Best Motown act with tammy terrel 2 tragic deaths

Who was his father?

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14 Dimebag Darrell 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.

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)

Murdered on stage in front of his Brother. It doesn't get much worse than that!

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15 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.

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’m a new generation music listener but this is one of the only 90s artist I listen to.

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16 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.

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.

Let your wings cease to be denied... - Disasterpiece

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17 Elvis Presley Elvis Presley Elvis Presley was a 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.

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


He died the worst way possible taking a 💩

18 Bon Scott 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.

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!

He should be in the top 10 list because he was the first frontman of AC/DC

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19 John Bonham (Led Zeppelin) John Bonham (Led Zeppelin) 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.

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 lived

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20 Keith Moon (The Who) Keith Moon (The Who)

Man! The Who wouldn't have broken up by then!

A real good drummer but no gene krupa

I miss him and love him

21 Frank Zappa Frank Zappa Frank Vincent Zappa was an American musician, songwriter, composer, record producer, actor and filmmaker.

Very sad, and signaled the end of one of the most inventive and eccentric artists. EVER! - Jiorl

22 Brian Jones (The Rolling Stones) Brian Jones (The Rolling Stones) Lewis Brian Hopkin Jones was an English musician, the founder and the original leader of the Rolling Stones.
23 Brad Nowell (Sublime)

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 go

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24 Jim Morrison (The Doors) Jim Morrison (The Doors) James Douglas "Jim" Morrison was an American singer, songwriter, and poet best remembered as the lead singer of the Doors.

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

25 Bob Marley Bob Marley Robert Nesta "Bob" Marley was a Jamaican reggae singer, songwriter, musician, and guitarist who achieved international fame and acclaim.

Song of the millenium

Screw you cancer! - ItsDaWorldOfSNuGGLEZ

26 Chris Cornell Chris Cornell Chris Cornell was an American rock musician and singer-songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist, primary songwriter and rhythm guitarist for Seattle rock band Soundgarden and as former lead vocalist and songwriter for the supergroup Audioslave. He died on May 17, 2017.

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!

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.

I would always hear Soundgarden on the radio growing up and later got into Audioslave a band that inspired me so much musically. Chris definitely had a voice like no other.

I love you Chris.. You are a legend and will live on forever.

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27 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.

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

28 Chester Bennington Chester Bennington Chester Charles Bennington (March 20th, 1976 - July 20th, 2017) was an American musician, singer, songwriter and actor, best known for being the lead singer of Linkin Park. He also has a few side projects like Julien K and Dead By Sunrise. He committed suicide in 2017 due to depression.

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.

I listened to his music since I was almost 3 and his death shocked me. His death is the most trajectory to teens and fans of 2000s rock

What? Why is chester this low? Linkin park is the best band ever along with nickelback. Rip :( - NickelbackLinkinPark4Eva

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29 Lisa Left Eye Lopes Lisa Left Eye Lopes Lisa Nicole Lopes better known by her stage name Left Eye, was an American rapper, singer, dancer, musician, and songwriter. She was apart of the hit girl group, TLC. She was born May 27th 1971 in Philadelphia and died April 25th 2002 in a car accident during her stay in Honduras.

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

30 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.

Another member of the 27 club.

Why is she not in the top 10? - ItsDaWorldOfSNuGGLEZ

31 Sam Cooke Sam Cooke Sam Cooke was an American singer, songwriter, and entrepreneur. He is mostly known for being a part of the soul movement.

Both him and otis were huge talents that died young

32 Glenn Frey Glenn Frey Glenn Lewis Frey was an American singer, songwriter and actor, best known as a founding member of the rock band Eagles. V 1 Comment
33 Buddy Holly 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 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

34 Elliott Smith

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

35 Tupac 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.

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.

The world is over

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36 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.

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

37 Otis Redding Otis Redding Otis Ray Redding, Jr. was an American singer, songwriter, record producer, arranger, and talent scout.

Don't understand why nobody had voted him

He had so much potential. he could have made the great soul album but he died before he had the chance - RecklessGreed

Such s good singer


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40 Big L Big L Lamont Coleman (May 30, 1974 – February 15, 1999), best known by his stage name Big L, was an American hip hop recording artist, born and raised in Harlem, New York City, New York. Coleman embarked on his career in rapping, with the hip hop trio, Three the Hard Way. His first notable appearance came more.

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

41 Eazy-E 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.
42 Teddy Pendergrass Teddy Pendergrass Theodore DeReese Pendergrass was an American singer–songwriter and composer. He first rose to fame as lead singer of Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes in the 1970s before a successful solo career at the end of the decade.
43 Randy Rhoads Randy Rhoads Randall William "Randy" Rhoads was an American heavy metal guitarist who played with Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot.

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

I think he should be top 5 on this list. When you figure in age, talent and the way he died.

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44 Mitchell Adam Lucker (Suicide Silence)

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

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.

R.I.P Brother you will not be forgotten.

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45 Johnny Cash Johnny Cash John R. "Johnny" Cash (1932-2003) was an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor, and author, who was widely considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century and one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 90 million records worldwide. He died of more.

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.

46 Chi Cheng (Deftones)

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.

47 Donny Hathaway Donny Hathaway Donny Edward Hathaway was an American jazz, blues, soul and gospel singer, songwriter, arranger and pianist.
48 James Brown James Brown
49 Chuck Schuldiner Chuck Schuldiner Charles Michael "Chuck" Schuldiner (1967-2001) was an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist, best known as the founder and vocalist, guitarist and bassist of the American heavy metal band Death. He is considered the most influential figure in Death Metal, with some publications referring to Chuck more.

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.

Legendary metal innovator and all round nice guy.
Cancer sucks

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50 Lemmy Lemmy Ian Fraser Kilmister, known as Lemmy, was an English musician, singer and songwriter who founded and fronted the rock band Motörhead. He was a bassist and a singer known for his raspy voice. He died in 2015 from cancer and other health problems.

So cool and so badass! It stinks that he died. He was one awesome dude.
Also, Benjamin Orr, anyone?



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