Amy Winehouse’s tragic death puts her in the sad club of brilliant musicians who died at age 27.
Amy Winehouse’s tragic death reminds us — once again — of the dangers of mixing serious drug addiction with a career in the spotlight. It seems as if Winehouse’s family and handlers put a greater emphasis on her career than her own well-being.
“She’s doing better now,” Mitch Winehouse told Spinner of his daughter in May. “She has been clean for two and a half years, about that. I’m not saying her problems have gone away, because they haven’t. She’s dealing with it.”
Apparently not: Winehouse’s barely-coherent concert in Belgrade in June was a testament to that. Now, Winehouse joins the incredibly sad “Forever 27 club” — a group of amazing musicians who died at age 27.
The legendary lead singer of The Doors passed away in Paris on July, 3, 1971. No official cause of death was ever announced because French authorities declined to do an autopsy. He’s buried at the Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris and fans still flock there to see this rock genius.
Nirvana lead singer Kurt Cobain committed suicide at his Seattle home on April 5, 1994. His life was plagued by problems with heroin, alcohol and depression — and those addictions are blamed for leading Cobain to shoot himself, leaving behind wife Courtney Love and daughter Frances Bean Cobain.
Legendary rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix died in London on September 8, 1970. He spent the night before his death partying, though no definite cause of death was ever determined. One friend of Hendrix even alleged that the guitarist’s former manager murdered Hendrix because the rocker wanted out of his management contract. No charges were ever filed.
Singer Janis Joplin died of a drug overdose on October 4, 1970. The raspy-voiced singer was called “probably the most powerful singer to emerge from the white rock movement in the sixties” by Time.
Original Rolling Stone member Brian Jones was found at the bottom of a swimming pool on July 3, 1969. He’s largely credited for coming up with his band’s name and was known for his ability to learn any musical instrument within a half hour.