Most Shocking Rockstar Deaths

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The Top Ten

1 John Lennon John Lennon 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.

The most brilliant, humane, kind, progressive, forward thinking musician and human being. Love you, john Lennon. Can't describe how much you are missed, every single day!

OMG! at first I thought it was just a big hoax - munkeelinc97

A big fat idiot shot him. - PizzaGuy

Lennon's death was the day the music died.
He formed the most famous and most selling band in history.
He choice the members of the band and was,always really'' the leader.
He choice the most famous band name in history,the Beatles.
He sang and wrote most of the songs overall of the Beatles members.
He had one of the most famous song in history,Imagine'' and definitely the most famous song comparing to Paul, George and Ringo.
He is the only musician who had number 1 single on u.s Billboard after he died.
Lennon was a big threat to U.S politics in the early 70's because of Vietnam war and was not afraid to protest against kings,queens and presidents that not many famous people then and today would dare to do.
Everyone who was alive in 1980 knew how big Lennon's death was even bigger than Senator Kennedy and definitily more bigger than Dimebag's even thou I love Pantera.

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2 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.

Actually this is the most shocking one :(
While you are performing a live song you die by getting 4 shots by a stupid fan called Nathan Gale this accident proves that getting on the stage is very very dangerous.. Like Randy Blythe (my favourite groove metal vocalist) he did a manslaughter by pushing a 19 years old crazy fan (i call that fan crazy because he jumped 3 times and randy blythe keep pushing keep to get down and even randy blythe has very weak sightness) but cliff burton death is the 2nd most shocking rockstar death getting crushed by a bus - nooreldeen

He was killed on the stage for god's sake - gemcloben

I agree with you guys. His death is the most tragic and should have never happened. No musician deserves to be murdered, especially not while on stage. - Gg2000

Definitely #1 most shocking - shot onstage while performing! - Metal_Treasure

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3 Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain was born February 20, 1967, in Aberdeen, Washington. In 1987, he started the grunge band Nirvana, which became one of the most successful bands ever. 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 ...read more.

Michael Jackson's a rockstar? Pretty sure he is a popstar, but Kurt is the most shocking though - roflcash4

suicide at the age of 27! can it get any more shocking than this?

Though I wasn't born back then I am a HUGE Nirvana fan and will miss Kurt - PanthersFTWpatriotsFTL

4 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 ...read more.

Never have I heard anyone with such talent as Freddie. So sad and tragic that he died. Absolutely unique and irreplaceable. RIP, Fred. You legend.

One of the saddest deaths in rock history. A beautiful voice was lost and will continue to be missed till this day.

This should be at the top. Such a talent was lost...

I cried, when he died all night...

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5 Elvis Presley Elvis Presley Elvis Presley was an 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. ...read more.

Elvis, the KING of Rock ranked beneath the non-rocker Michael Jackson? Is this list serious?

6 Randy Rhoads Randy Rhoads Randall William "Randy" Rhoads was an American heavy metal guitarist who played with Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot. He was killed in a plane crash.

he is one of the greatest guitarists of all time and he died in a plane crash (how I think Bruce Dickinson will go BTW). everyone was shocked at his death. - fireinside96

7 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 ...read more.
8 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. ...read more.
9 Cliff Burton Cliff Burton 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 ...read more.

it was such a freak accident... died in a bus crash and the whole band could have died, but he was the only one - Okami

This was the best bassist ever. R. I. P Cliff - dragon13304

10 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 ...read more.

its a year later and it still hasn't sunk in that I can't hear Thriller live anymore

He's not a rockstar - he's a popstar. - Metal_Treasure

I still cannot come to terms with this. It hurts so bad! - 4TheLoveofMichael

MJ isn't a rockstar, what

The Contenders

11 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, ...read more.
12 Jim Morrison Jim Morrison James Douglas "Jim" Morrison was an American singer, songwriter, and poet best remembered as the lead singer of the Doors.

I love this guy :(

13 John Bonham John Bonham 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 ...read more.
14 John Denver John Denver Henry John Deutschendorf Jr., known professionally as John Denver, was an American singer-songwriter, actor, activist and humanitarian, whose greatest commercial success was as a solo singer, starting in the 1970s.
15 Stevie Ray Vaughan Stevie Ray Vaughan Stephen "Stevie" Ray Vaughan (October 3, 1954 – August 27, 1990) was an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer. In spite of a short-lived mainstream career spanning seven years, he is widely considered one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of music, and ...read more.

He had been clean for a year and was doing great until that horrible crash - InsertCleverName

16 Marc Bolan Marc Bolan Marc Bolan, born Mark Feld (30 September 1947 – 16 September 1977) was an English singer-songwriter, musician, guitarist, and poet. He was best known as the lead singer of the glam rock band T. Rex. Bolan was one of the first pioneers of the glam rock movement of the 1970s. He died at age 29 in a ...read more.

When his manager once told him jokingly the Rockies way for him to die was at the wheel of a white roller marc joked back... no I'm too small for a rolls Royce it'll have to be a Mimi... a little purple mini...

17 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 participated in side projects like Julien K and Dead By Sunrise. He committed suicide in 2017 after a period of depression. ...read more.

Legend! :( - axgelique

18 Paul Gray Paul Gray 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.
19 Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan Jimmy James Owen Sullivan (February 9th, 1981 - December 28th 2009), better known by his stage name "The Rev" (Short for "The Reverend Tholomew Plague") was an American musician, singer and songwriter, best known as the former drummer, backing vocalist and co-founder of the American alternative metal/ metalcore ...read more.
20 Randy California

The fact that he saved his son and sacrificed his life for him tears me up...:(

21 Chris Cornell Chris Cornell Christopher John "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. His vocal range was C2 to A5, while ...read more.
22 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.
23 Brian Connolly
24 Sid Vicious Sid Vicious John Beverly, born John Simon Ritchie, later named Sid Vicious, was an English musician, most famous as the bass guitarist of the influential punk rock band the Sex Pistols, and notorious for his arrest for the alleged murder of his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen.
25 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.
26 Klaus Nomi Klaus Nomi Klaus Sperber (January 24, 1944 – August 6, 1983), better known as Klaus Nomi, was a German countertenor noted for his wide vocal range and an unusual, otherworldly stage persona.
27 Chuck Berry Chuck Berry Charles Edward Anderson "Chuck" Berry was an American guitarist, singer and songwriter, and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. He died on 18 March 2017.
28 Maurice Gibb
29 Paul Hester

C'mon Australia was shocked by this death

30 Steve Gilpin

He was the lead singer of Mi-Sex, he was murdered - ac1348

31 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.

I'm pretty sure Johnny Cash is more country than he is rock. His death was still tragic though.

32 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.
33 Keith Relf Keith Relf Keith Relf was an English musician, well known as the lead singer for the psychedelic band The Yardbirds.

Electrocuted while rehearsing with his plugged-in electric guitar in the bathtub!

34 Joe Strummer Joe Strummer John Graham Mellor, known by his stage name Joe Strummer, was a British musician, singer, actor and songwriter who was the co-founder, lyricist, rhythm guitarist and lead vocalist of the Clash.

Died too soon - InsertCleverName

35 Johnny Thunders Johnny Thunders John Anthony Genzale Jr. (July 15, 1952 – April 23, 1991), better known by his stage name Johnny Thunders, was an American rock and roll/punk rock guitarist, singer and songwriter. He came to prominence in the early 1970s as a member of the New York Dolls. He later played with The Heartbreakers and ...read more.
36 GG Allin GG Allin Kevin Michael "GG" Allin (born Jesus Christ Allin; 1956-1993) was an American singer, songwriter and record producer, who performed and recorded with many groups during his career. He was best known for his graphic live performances which included self-mutilation, parading around the stage naked, fighting ...read more.
37 Malcolm Owen
38 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. ...read more.

Tragic.

39 David Bowie David Bowie David Robert Jones, known professionally as David Bowie, was an English singer born in London on January 8, 1947, and was 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. ...read more.

That breaks me down the most

Stupid cancer has taken the life of one of the greatest pop stars of all time. He left the Blackstar album so that he will always be remembered 100 years after his death. R.I.P. DAVID BOWIE!

40 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 ...read more.
41 Euronymous Euronymous Øystein Aarseth (1968-1993), who went by the pseudonym Euronymous, was a Norwegian guitarist and co-founder of the Norwegian black metal band Mayhem. Euronymous was stabbed to death by band member Varg Vikernes in August 1993. ...read more.

I don't care for him because he wasn't much better than his murderer (Varg Vikernes). But he died brutally.

42 Rozz Williams Rozz Williams Rozz Williams was an American vocalist and musician most known for his work with the bands Christian Death, Shadow Project, and with the industrial project Premature Ejaculation.

An Inspiration to Young Kindred Spirits of the Eternal Nocturne. A Poet, a Visionary, a Showman and, Yes, a Rebel. His Soul Shall be Tormented Nevermore and Live on in Spirit Forever More.

43 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.
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1. John Lennon
2. Dimebag Darrell
3. Kurt Cobain
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