Whether you believe in coincidence, chance or random events in the universe, a weird fact still remains about the single unifying factor in the deaths of many of the world’s most talented musicians and artists. “The 27 Club” is a tragic list of who’s-who that died at the too-young age of 27.
This Delta-blues pioneer recorded about 50 songs during his short life, a few of which were later recorded by the Rolling Stones. In 1938, he met his demise after drinking from an open bottle of whiskey. The drinking led to strychnine poisoning and pneumonia which killed him three days later.
The iconic drummer of the Rolling Stones died in what still remains a mystery as to the events leading up to his demise. Jones was at the very least intoxicated when he dove into a swimming pool and drowned.
Alan Wilson was the guitarist for Canned Heat and performed at Woodstock in 1969. He was estranged from his family and suffered from depression. He was found in a friend’s backyard, dead, with his hands crossed over his chest and a bottle of barbiturates at his side.
The legendary guitar maestro was felled by his own hand after a night of drinking. He took an unknown amount of sleeping pills – friends claim he was not in his right mind and didn’t know how much he was taking.
Janis Joplin often lamented the overwhelming feelings of loneliness she felt after a concert. Following a drug fix, she returned to her hotel room and fell, hitting her face and head on a table. It’s unknown whether the fall or the substances in her system sealed her unfortunate fate.
Punk and its musical offshoots wouldn’t be complete without mentioning singer/guitarist D. Boon of the Minutemen. This talented artist met his end in a car crash when the van he was in as a passenger went off the road, ejecting him.
Jean-Michel Basquiat revolutionized a new form of graffiti art called “SAMO.” His work featured jagged, graphic, Guernica-like portraits and words. He was rumored to have dated Madonna and even collaborated with pop artist Andy Warhol. He died from a drug overdose.
The lead singer of Nirvana, the Seattle grunge band that revolutionized the teenage angst period with dark, moody slam music. He died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his home after leaving a suicide note. His wife, Courtney Love and daughter Francis Bean are both singers and artists now.
This incredible talent whose vocal stylings brought back blue-eyed soul, rockabilly and jazz to the masses, died at 27 of prolonged, acute alcohol poisoning. The Amy Winehouse foundation was started to help young people recover from substance abuse. (image featured)
This talented actor of Star Trek reboot fame was killed in a freak accident at his home when he was pinned against a brick pillar by his car.
Is the number 27 an actual cursed age among musicians, singers and actors, or is it just an amazingly bizarre set of coincidental circumstances? We may never know.