Audiences admire stars who fall hard but recover gracefully, but they idolize artists who aren’t able to recover from their crazed lifestyles. Not only did the following musicians leave a great legacy, they also all coincidentally died at the age of 27, and have become known as the “27 Club.”
Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Brian Jones and Amy Winehouse all passed away at age 27, leading some to believe this is a particularly risky and unlucky age for musicians.
The mythology of the 27 Club gained prominence with the death of Kurt Cobain in 1994 since he died at the same age as iconic rock musicians, including Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison, when they died in the 1970s. The premature death of Amy Winehouse at age 27 in 2011, again renewed interest in the age’s apparent curse. This is a list of some of the artists and musicians who died at the far too young age of 27.
founding member of the Grateful Dead, Ron McKernan, pigpen