The infamous "27 Club" is the name of an eerie list of famous people who have mysteriously lost their lives under various circumstances when they were only 27 years old. This sad club is comprised of many names, and some of the most iconic figures who have joined it are represented in this article.
This young talented singer lost her life due to substance abuse in 2011. Her incredible music career has unfortunately always been accompanied by reports of her wild personal life, which, lamentably, ultimately got the best of her.
The main name behind grunge music was a sensation during the early 90s. The troubled musician tried to conquer his demons through creativity, writing, recording and playing, but even that, along with his family (wife and daughter) couldn't prevent the impending demise - he committed suicide in 1994.
The blooming star led a quiet private life, and while his career was on the rise, nobody could predict the freak accident in which he tragically lost his life just a few months ago. He was pinned to a pillar by his own car and died as a result of asphyxia.
The undying fame of legendary lead singer of The Doors continues to this day. There have been many speculations about his life, and especially his death. For most people, the real cause still remains a mystery, but officially, he was found dead in his bathtub at a Paris apartment in 1971. The cause - heart failure.
According to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Hendrix was "arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music," and nobody tried to question this statement, even decades after his death. But last days of the prodigy's life were turbulent and full of professional and mental turmoil. He accidentally OD'd on sleeping tablets and a large quantity of wine in 1970.
Brian Jones (The Rolling Stones)
"He formed the band. He chose the members. He named the band. He chose the music we played. He got us gigs. He was very influential, very important, and then slowly lost it…" This is probably the best way to present the influential image of Brian Jones, the forgotten member of The Rolling Stones, through the words of bassist Bill Wyman. Jones was found dead in his pool in 1969.
Basquiat was one of the most prominent artists of the 1980s in the New York's neo-expressionist circles. He was an important name which was linked to many celebrities, and some speculate that death of his friend, artist Andy Warhol, pushed him into a deep depression which resulted in him OD'ing in 1988.
"She slinks like tar, scowls like war…Clutching the knees of a final stanza, begging it not to leave…Janis Joplin can sing the chic off any listener." These are the words in which Richard Goldstein from Vogue described the famous singer. Her ferocious voice was only matched by her furious lifestyle, which ultimately resulted in her tragic death due to an OD in 1970.
Brandis was a star even from an early age, and he reached fame through soap operas, which later on turned into movies like "The NeverEnding Story II" and Stephen King's "It." Unfortunately, his career did not progress much after those projects, and some speculate that his business failures prompted him to commit suicide in 2003.
Dave Alexander (The Stooges)
This American musician gained popularity as the original bassist for the protopunk band The Stooges, led by Iggy Pop. He was on the sure road to fame when, in 1975, he unexpectedly got a pulmonary edema that ended his life.
Kristen Pfaff (Hole)
After leaving the band Janitor Joe for Hole, upon being persuaded by Courtney Love and Eric Erlandson, Pfaff started her journey on a downward spiral battling addiction. She tried to quit her bad habits and seemed like she was about to turn her life around, but sadly, she was found dead in her apartment due to an OD. She died just months after Kurt Cobain.