Between July 3, 1969 and October 4, 1970, three very famous musicians died at the age of 27. Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin were the founding members of what is known as The 27 Club. Since the club was formed, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain and most recently, Amy Winehouse, have joined.
While these six artists are arguably the most famous musicians to die at the age of 27, there have been many other notable musicians who have also checked out in various ways at the same age.
Some call The 27 Club series of deaths a curse because it is a statistical anomaly. There has been controversy surrounding each of them, although that’s pretty normal with any untimely celebrity death. Adding some fuel to the curse theory is the coincidence that Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and Kurt Cobain were all apparently in possession of white cigarette lighters when they died.
While there may not be anything supernatural involved in The 27 Club, these deaths represent tragic losses of talented musicians all too soon. Here is a look back at the most famous members of this curious club.
Brian Jones was a founding member of the Rolling Stones. He drowned in his swimming pool on July 3, 1969, about a month after being replaced by Mick Taylor.
Jimi Hendrix is remembered as being the most badass electric guitar player there ever was or will be, ever. Ever. He died in London from an overdose of sleeping pills on September 18, 1970.
Janis Joplin became famous and enjoyed huge popularity in the late 60s as the lead singer of Big Brother and the Holding Company. She died from a heroin overdose on October 4, 1970.
Jim Morrison was the legendary lead singer of The Doors. He was found dead in a bathtub in Paris on July 3, 1971. No autopsy was performed.
Kurt Cobain, lead singer of the groundbreaking grunge band Nirvana, died on April 5, 1994. He joined The 27 Club by choice. His body was found in his home several days after he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Amy Winehouse was likely as well known for her addictions as she was for her amazing pipes. She died in her apartment in London on July 23, 2011. No foul play is suspected.