27 Club of all clubs for a rock star to be a member of, this is not one you would want to end up in. The age 27 seems to be jinxed for rock stars. A series of deaths among prominent rock stars have occurred at the age of 27. The cause of death varies from person to person, however drug use seems to be a factor affecting the majority of those involved. The 6 most famous members are Brain Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse. The series of deaths made some rock stars rethink their destructive lifestyles, but obviously not all of them.
Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones was only 27 when he died on July 3, 1969. He was found at the bottom of his swimming pool, and the cause of death was stated as “Death by Misadventure”. His liver and heart were severely enlarged and damaged by heavy drug and alcohol abuse.
Jimi Hendrix was another tragic loss for rock, who died on September 18, 1970. His destructive lifestyle during the 1960s also lead to his death at the young age of 27. The circumstances of his death are not completely understood. However, the popular theory states that after consuming 9 sleeping pills, he passed out and asphyxiated on his own vomit.
Janis Joplin was one of the most influential female rockstars in history, and her influence is still felt today. She was the lead singer of the band Big Brother and the Holding Company, and she also had a solo career. She was found dead in a hotel room in Hollywood on October 4, 1970. The cause of death was a heroin overdose mixed with whiskey.
Jim Morrison is known all over the world for the sensational and monumental work he did with The Doors. It was no secret that Jim had used and abused illegal substances before. What makes his death especially sad is that during his stay in Paris he was attempting to become clean, and get rid of his addictions. However, his plan wasn’t working out and he was dealing with depression. All of these factors contributed to his death on July 3, 1971. The official cause of death was heart failure. Drug use is often speculated as a factor by fans.
One of the more recent additions to the 27 Club is Kurt Cobain. Kurt was more than famous for his work with Nirvana, which is one reason for his death. Those close to Cobain speculate he never enjoyed all of the fame that the mainstream success Nirvana created. Prior to his death, he had been confronted about his hardcore drug abuse, and had agreed to attend a rehab program. However, he left the rehab facility and went missing. He was found April 8, 1994. The autopsy report cites the cause of death as a self inflicted shotgun wound to the head. The estimated date of death is April 5, 1994.