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.

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

A big fat idiot shot him. - PizzaGuy

Not sure if John Lennon was the most talented Beatle, but he was certainly the most intriguing. I often wish we had his voice around today.

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.

2 Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain was born February 20, 1967, in Aberdeen, Washington. In 1988, 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.

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?

3 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

This is number 1... if anyone actually knew this story before voting.

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

4 Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury (5th September 1946 - 24th November 1991) was a Tanzanian-born British singer, songwriter and record producer, known as the lead vocalist and songwriter of the rock band Queen. He also became known for his flamboyant stage persona and four-octave vocal range. Before he became a singer ...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...

Oh my God. I'll never get past this. I love him so much. More than anything.

5 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. ...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 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 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 300,000,000 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

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

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

MJ isn't a rockstar, what

8 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.
9 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.
10 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

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 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...

16 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.
17 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.
18 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.
19 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.
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1. John Lennon
2. Dimebag Darrell
3. Kurt Cobain
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