Top Ten Saddest Musician Deaths

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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 ...read more.
42 Harry Chapin

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

43 Johnny Cash Johnny Cash John R. "Johnny" Cash 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.

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.

44 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.

45 Richard Manuel 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.
46 Jeff Hanneman Jeff Hanneman Jeffrey John "Jeff" Hanneman was an American musician, best known as a founding member of the American thrash metal band Slayer.

Jeff wrote some of the best riffs in metal history, and is an inspiration and influence to millions. Reign in peace!

Man Jeff's recent passing was pretty sad. - Oliwally

47 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. ...read 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.

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48 Judy Garland Judy Garland Judy Garland, born Frances Ethel Gumm (June 10, 1922 – June 22, 1969) was an American singer, actress, and vaudevillian. The American Film Institute named her 8th greatest female star of classic American cinema. She's also the mother of actress and singer Liza Minnelli.
49 Michael Hutchence Michael Hutchence

He was an amazing musician very sad

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50 Ronnie James Dio Ronnie James Dio Ronnie James Dio (born Ronald James Padavona; July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010) was an American heavy metal singer, songwriter and musician. He fronted and/or founded numerous groups including Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio and Heaven & Hell. He is credited with popularizing the "metal horns" hand gesture ...read more.

R.I. P Dio he was one of the best vocalists ever and invented the heavy metal devil horns we miss you Dio rock on m/

How is he not in the top ten?!?! One of the greatest vocalists ever!

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51 Chuck Schuldiner Chuck Schuldiner Charles Michael "Chuck" Schuldiner 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 as the "Godfather ...read 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

My favourite musician. So sad. Rip Chuck. - Oliwally

Chuck didn't even have enough money for treatmen t.. t his is how true musicians are treate d.. p eople are overwhelmed with fake talentless dicks like the trans Justin Bieber and selena gomez and this great musician had to go away like this in vain... he certainly did not deserve this.. Chuck was one of the best guitarists of the era... he revolutionized metal genre and today people bring disgrace to him listening the BS called Pop and the fake ass idiots like Justin Bieber... i would be happy if this Bieber and other fake people pretending to be musicians die in vain...
RIP Chuck.

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52 Brian Connolly

An awesome voice. Brian Connolly is the best member of The Sweet.

53 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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54 Paul Gray (Slipknot) Paul Gray (Slipknot) Paul Dedrick Gray, also known as The Pig or by his number #2, was an American musician, best known as the bassist and one of the founding members of the Grammy Award-winning metal band Slipknot.

Paul grey was and is an inspiration, he will be deeply missed and remembered for many years to come. He was a good piece of the backbone of slipknot and from what I've heard an amazing friend and band
Mate. He lives on in the music and in the hearts of the fans.R.I.P to the coolest guy in a pig mask to ever play drums.

Seriously? How is paul not on the list? He was one of the best musicians ever. I do not know how he is not on the list.

Not only was he a great bassist, he was also a great person. - NikBrusk

55 Jim Croce Jim Croce
56 Chris Cornell Chris Cornell Chris Cornell is 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 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!

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 still can't believe it...

57 Duane Allman 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.

I cry a little inside knowing how he would have gotten even better at guitar had he not crashed his motorcycle into that truck.R.I.P. skydog.

58 Ronnie Van Zant 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.

Southern Man needed him around at all

I will never forget hearing about his death! I was a junior in High School and I heard Howard Stern announce his death on WC radio from Hartford, CT. to my H.S. in Somers Ct.

59 Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots) Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots) Scott Weiland is an American singer, musician, and composer for the American grunge band Stone Temple Pilots.

STP should have never fired him - DoroExploro13

60 Cass Elliott

Cause nobody has the greatest hits like Mama Cass especially her hit song make your own kind of sandwich and of course California dreaming with her group the Mamas and the Papas.

She died of a heart attack, not from choking.

She appeared in Scooby-Doo before her death. - playstationfan66

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