Ian Curtis 23 ,Joy Division ,Hanging ,Manchester
18 May 1980

Amy Winehouse, 27
Winehouse passed away from alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011.

Chester Bennington of Linkin Park, 41
On July 20, 2017, Bennington committed suicide by hanging at his California home

Kurt Cobain of Nirvana, 27
On April 8, 1994, Cobain was found dead in his Washington home. Forensic analysis later revealed that he had committed suicide on April 5. He was found with a shotgun across his body, a wound on his head and a suicide note nearby.

Jim Morrison of The Doors, 27
Morrison was found dead at his apartment in Paris, France on July 3, 1971. No autopsy was performed as it was not required by the French law.



Hendrix, 27
Hendrix passed away on Sept. 18, 1970. A postmortem analysis revealed that he aspirated his own vomit and died of asphyxia while intoxicated with barbiturates.

Michael Jackson, 50
On June 25, 2009, while Jackson was under the care of his personal physician Conrad Murray, he stopped breathing while attempting to sleep. Murray was charged with involuntary manslaughter on Feb. 8, 2010, after it was concluded that the prescription drugs he gave him led to the singer’s death.

Freddie Mercury of The Queen, 45
Suffering from HIV/AIDS, he passed away on Nov. 24, 1991.

Prince, 57
On April 21, 2016, he passed away from fentanyl overdose at his Paisley Park recording studio, in Minnesota, U.S.

ohn Lennon of The Beatles, 40
On Dec. 8, 1980, Lennon was shot to death by Mark David Chapman as he was returning to his apartment from a recording with his wife Yoko Ono in New York City. Chapman pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to a 20-year life sentence.


Bob Marley, 36
Suffering from a severe case of malignant melanoma, Marley passed away on May 11, 1981

Pete de Freitas of Echo & the Bunnymen, 27
De Freitas died in a motorcycle crash on his way from Liverpool to London, U.K. on June 14, 1989.

John Bonham of Led Zeppelin, 32
Bonham passed away on Sept. 25, 1980, overdosing on alcohol. An investigation revealed that Bonham had consumed over a liter of alcohol, which led to him choking on his vomit. 

Janis Joplin, 27
On Oct. 4, 1970, Joplin passed away from heroin overdose, possibly compounded by alcohol.

Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones, 27
Jones passed away on Feb. 28, 1942, by drowning in his swimming pool at his home in Hartfield, England.

Leslie Harvey of Stone the Crows, 27
While Harvey was performing on a rainy day in a concert at Swansea, Wales, he was electrocuted after touching a microphone which was not properly grounded.

Ron “Pigpen” McKernan of Grateful Dead, 27
Pigpen passed away from gastrointestinal hemorrhage on March 8, 1973, in Corte Madera, California, U.S.


Ronnie Van Zant of Lynyrd Skynyrd, 29
On Oct. 20, 1977, Van Zant died in a plane crash as the flight ran out of fuel outside Gillsburg, Mississippi, U.S. His fellow band members Steve and Cassie Gaines also passed away in the incident.
Marc Bolan 29
Car crash ,
16 September 1977
Kossof, Free,
English blues rock guitarist
Blood clot (airline flight)
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Konstantin (aka Leon Brookhill) was born in Moscow's Vystavka Dostizheniy Narodnogo Khozyaystva (VDNKh) district on 23 February 1961 the second son of a School master. Educated at Kazan National Research Technical University Казанский национальный исследовательский технический университет имени А. Н. Туполева he graduated in Economics in 1982. He was recruited to the Soviet 40th Army serving as a Сержант in Aghanistan,later transferring to 1008th Flak Artillery Regiment, before being struck in the shoulder by a stray shell fragment. Konstantin invalided out of the Army started up as Soviet blogger 'Maaxmann', later becoming a guard for a Moscow ballet company and it was there accompanying them in the West, that he had his first taste of the 'High Life'. Failing to return to Russia he resided first in Reutlingen, where he became a correspondent for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung...later he moved to London to write for the Telegraph,where he now resides with his wife and 2 children.

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