Surprising 7: Musicians who died at 27
Surprising 7: Musicians who died at 27
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A photo of Robert Leroy Johnson. He was one of the greatest figures in rock history who, according to popular myth, was killed by strychnine poisoning in 1938.
Brian Jones (1942 - 1969) from The Rolling Stones playing guitar live on stage in 1964. According to his autopsy records, the death of Jones – who had been living with a significantly enlarged liver and heart due to his drinking and drug abuse – was the result of misadventure.
Jimi Hendrix performs at the Felt Forum on January 28, 1970 in New York City, New York. The unexpected death of the guitar prodigy inspired many conspiracy theories.
Janis Joplin and her final group, the Full Tilt Boogie Band, perform at the Festival for Peace at Shea Stadium in August 1970. Her death had been caused by a heroin overdose, but the alcohol she had consumed the night before could also have contributed to the tragedy.
Jim Morrison, circa 1970. The talented musician and one of the icons of counterculture became a victim of a drug overdose in July 1971.
Nirvana (Kurt Cobain) performs live for MTV's "Live and Loud" on December 13, 1993. Cobain, the generational icon in the early 1990s, was struggling with a number of physical and mental issues. He ended his life by shooting himself in the head.
Singer Amy Winehouse performs onstage at Lollapalooza in Grant Park on August 5, 2007 in Chicago, Illinois. Her husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, made her drug addiction worse by introducing Winehouse to crack and heroin.
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Surprising 7: Musicians who died at 27

If there is an unlucky number in the world of music it has to be the number 27, as an unusually large number of the greatest talents in 20th and 21st century rock music died at this age.