Dead at 27

By | Jul 24, 2011

Amy Winehouse was discovered dead. Even though at the time of this writing (July 24, 2011) the cause of death has not been determined, it is fair to conclude with her history of drug and alcohol abuse that it may have been a contributing cause. Amy Winehouse was 27.

The age of 27 and the death of music stars seem to be a common occurrence.

It was on July 3, 1969 that one of the founding members of the Rolling Stones, guitarist Brian Jones, was found dead in his swimming pool. Not only was Jones one of the founding members of the Stones he was the group’s original leader. But with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards as the song writing team, they emerged as the lead men. Jones developed a substance abuse problem. As a result of a number of drug arrests, he was asked to leave the group on June 8, 1969. This was less than a month before his death at the age of 27.

Woodstock would become the culture event of 1969 a month after the death of Brian Jones and two of the biggest Woodstock performers would die before the end of 1970. Jimi Hendrex would die on September 18th and Janis Joplin would die a couple weeks later on October 4. Both were 27 at the time of their deaths.

1970 ended with the death of two rising stars and another would die in 1971. The Doors was at the height of their career and even obscenity charges against singer Jim Morrision wasn’t affecting their image. In fact it may have been helping to enhance the image of Bad Boy Rock and Roll. However, while in Paris he would die of unknown causes on July 3, 1971. Since his cause of death was ruled by the the medical examiner to have no evidence of foul play an autopsy was not performed. Yes, he too was 27.

And still another would die at the age of 27. Nirvana’s lead singer and guitarist, Kurt Cobain, should have been on the top of the world. The group was riding high but drug use along with professional and personal pressure must have been more than he could handle. He would die of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound on March 18, 1994 joining those who had died at the young age of 27.


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