ZA1. [Past] Musicians: Dead at 27 (with Cause)

  • Dave Alexander (Iggy Pop and The Stooges), Pneumonia
  • Chris Bell (Big Star), Auto accident
  • Jesse Belvin (The Shields), Auto accident
  • D. Boon (The Minutemen), Auto accident
  • "Dyke" Christian (Dyke & The Blazers), Death by gunshot
  • Kurt Cobain (Nirvana), Suicide
  • Don Drummond (Skatalites), Death by suicide
  • John Glascock (Jethro Tull), Complications from heart surgery
  • Pete Ham (Badfinger), Suicide by hanging
  • Les Harvey (Stone The Crows), Death by electrocution
  • Jimi Hendrix (The Jimi Hendrix Experience), Asphyxiated on his vomit after ingesting a heavy dose of barbiturates
  • Robert Johnson, Alcohol poisoning
  • Janis Joplin (Big Brother and The Holding Company), Heroin overdose
  • Brian Jones (The Rolling Stones), Death by misadventure (Drowned in his own pool)
  • Ron "Pigpen" McKernan (Grateful Dead), Alcohol abuse
  • Jim Morrison (The Doors), Heart failure due to acute respiratory distress
  • Kristen Pfaff (Hole), Heroin overdose
  • Randy Rhoads (Ozzy Osbourne), Plane crash
  • Darren Robinson (The Fat Boys), Cardiac arrest
  • Alan "Blind Owl" Wilson (Canned Heat), Drug overdose
  • Mia Zapata (The Gits), Strangulation

Did you just watch a VH-1 Special on this topic? (It was on last night.)


I was talking to a friend of mine on the phone Saturday Night. He was telling me about some TV show he had watched (apparently that one) and the "Curse of 27". I decided that they were full of malarkey and so I set out to research some of the names he was giving me and see when they died. It's still malarkey :-) But with a shred of coincidence thrown in as well. I found plenty of musicians who were 28 or 26 when they died. I made the list to show to my friend to see if I had missed anybody.

C'mon, everyone knows Jim Morrison isn't really dead!! :-)