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Amy Winehouse sadly passed away just hours ago. So far, there is little detail on the tragic incident, but what we do know is that Amy is not the first musician to ever tragically die at 27. In fact, Amy joins a group of possibly the most famous names ever in music that died far too young.

Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain and Brian Jones all tragically lost their lives at 27.

Is it a coincidence? Or maybe 27 is just an extremely unlucky for number for famous musicians. Either way, these artists will all go down in history as talented beyond their years but sadly, as tragic figures who lost their lives to the pitfalls of fame.

Check out this list of world-changing performers.

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Kurt Cobain (February 20, 1967 – April  5, 1994)

American singer, guitarist, and songwriter.

Committed suicide by gunshot in his home in Seattle. After “Smells Like Teen Spirit”, Cobain was referred to as the “spokesman of a generation”. He was uncomfortable with the attention. In the last years of his life, he struggled with drug addiction and media pressures. 

SOURCE: ListServe

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Jim Morrison (December 8, 1943 – July 3, 1971)American singer, poet, songwriter, writer and film director who died in the bathtub of his Paris apartment. Under French law, no autopsy was performed because the medical examiner claimed to have found no evidence of foul play. The cause of death was officially listed as “heart failure”, but heroin use was probably involved, possibly inhaled because he thought it was cocaine.

SOURCE: ListServe

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Janis Joplin (January 19, 1943 – October 4, 1970)

American singer, songwriter, and music arranger who died in a Los Angeles motel room of a heroin overdose, possibly combined with the effects of alcohol. She had recently become engaged, and was involved in recording her band’s album Pearl. The song “Mercedes Benz” on the album was the last thing she recorded.

SOURCE: ListServe

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Jimi Hendrix (November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970)

American guitarist, singer, songwriter and record producer who died in a London hotel room under circumstances which have never been fully explained. According to the doctor who initially attended to him, Hendrix asphyxiated (literally drowned) in his own vomit, mainly red wine. His girlfriend, Monika Dannemann, claimed that he had taken her prescribed sleeping pills, but her comments about that morning were often contradictory, and there have been suggestions of blame cast on her. In 1996, in the face of legal action, Dannemann committed suicide.

SOURCE: ListServe

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Brian Jones (February 28, 1942 – July 3 1969)

English guitarist, who helped form the Rolling Stones srowned in the swimming pool of his home in Hartfield, Sussex, England. After a second arrest for marijuana possession, sporadic contributions to the Rolling Stones, substance abuse and mood swings, Jones was informed by the other members of the band that a new guitarist would be added to the lineup, and that a tour of the US would go ahead without him. The last known photographs show him looking bloated, with deep-set eyes.

SOURCE: ListServe

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