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 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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43 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.
44 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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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 ...read 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
48 James Brown James Brown
49 The Notorious B.I.G. The Notorious B.I.G. Christopher George Latore Wallace, better known by his stage name, The Notorious B.I.G (a.k.a. Biggie Smalls), is consistently ranked as one of the best rappers of all time. The Notorious B.I.G was born May 21, 1972, he was born in Brooklyn, New York. At the age of 24 The Notorious B.I.G was murdered ...read more.

I had a tough time for what to choose, because all deaths are sad, but I must say this is the saddest. For drug addicts who die, it's there fault, they shouldn't be doing drugs. For suicides, they were ready to go. Biggie, he was only 24 when he died. He had a daughter, too. He had just made it to the top, but then a drive by shooter pulls up and kills him. Murders and diseases are the saddest deaths. I must say, with the type of death it was and the age of Biggie, this was the saddest. He still had a whole career ahead of him, but no, he dies.

God please give us back biggie and we'll give you back JB, lady gaga, lil wayne, and katy perry I mean come on god you can't turn that down you get 4 people for the price of one

Why the hell isn't this higher!

Come on people the most respected rapper of the east side a definition of loving,life, and letting loose

50 Lemmy Lemmy Ian Fraser Kilmister, known as Lemmy, was an English musician, singer and songwriter who founded and fronted the rock band Motörhead.

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

R.I.P.

WHY DID UE DIE

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

Brilliant man. Tragic death due to horrible healthcare.

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 Johnnie Taylor
53 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.
54 Michael Hutchence Michael Hutchence Michael Kelland John Hutchence (22 January 1960 – 22 November 1997) was an Australian musician and actor. He was a founding member, lead singer and lyricist of rock band INXS from 1977 until his death in 1997.

He was an amazing musician very sad

Lead singer of INXS

We miss you, man. ;( - TheFloyd73

55 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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56 Brian Connolly

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

57 Joey Ramone Joey Ramone Jeffrey Ross Hyman, professionally known by Joey Ramone, was an American musician and singer-songwriter, lead vocalist of the punk-rock band The Ramones.
58 Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan

He was an extremely talented drummer! This wasn't his only talent, though - he was an exceptional songwriter, too! He wrote the masterpiece known as "A Little Piece of Heaven, " my favorite song by A7X and basically of all time. Oh Jimmy... Why'd you have to go? Sadly it happens to the best of us... Not garbage like Nicki Minaj and Pitbull! )'=

Jimmy "The Reverend" Sullivan was and will always be the best drummer. I don't know why he is ranked 5th, Paul Gray is 10th, and Kurt Cobain is 2nd all three of these guys should be at the top of the list. Also Cliff Burton should be up there as well.

He was at legendary drummer and songwriter and in my opinion he sings better than shadows. he was a funny guy that could have been the greatest drummer to EVERYBODY but medical conditions said otherwise.

It's safe to say that A7X will never be the same now that The Rev has left this world. But he will be here foREVer, in our minds and in our hopes.

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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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