The Curse of the 27
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The fact that many famous (and unnoted) musicians passed away in the age of 27 has plotted the public for ages. Norwegian writer, Eric Segalstad, tried to explain this phenomenon in his book ' The 27s: The Greatest Myth of Rock & Roll'. A research of some Liverpool scientists showed that musicians are twice as likely to die a premature death as ordinary citizens of the same age. Probably because of the faster way of living, creative geniuses that push them into gone-too-soon death, excessive drug and alcohol abusing...They added that that is not everything... A little of numerology, astrology and who knows, they can't say exactly... So, let's see how many famous R'n'R stars died in the age of 27... Then think about it, whether it is a coincidence or not.
1. Bryan Jones - a founding member of The Rolling Stones
His main instruments were the guitar and the harmonica, but he played a wide variety of other instruments. He was originally the leader of the group, but Mick Jagger and Keith Richards soon overshadowed him, especially after they became a successful songwriting team. Jones developed a serious substance abuse problem over the years and his role in the band steadily diminished. He left the Rolling Stones in June 1969 to be replaced by guitarist Mick Taylor. Jones died less than a month later and he was found in his own swimming pool by his girlfriend. In the official report it's written that the cause of death is an accident, and that his liver and heart were damaged because of drug and alcohol using, but there were doubts that he was murdered.
2. Jimi Hendrix (1942 - 1970)
He is widely considered to be the greatest electric guitarist in musical history, and one of the most influential musicians of his era across a range of genres. Pioneering electric guitarist, singer and songwriter for The Jimi Hendrix Experience and Band of Gypsys was found dead in hotel room in London. He had spent the latter part of the previous evening at a party and was picked up at close to 03:00 by girlfriend Monika Dannemann and driven to her flat at the Samarkand Hotel. Dannemann claimed in her original testimony that after they returned to her lodgings the evening before, Hendrix, unknown to her, had taken nine of her prescribed Vesparax sleeping pills. The normal medical dose was a half to one tablet as stated in the literature, but Hendrix was unfamiliar with this very strong Belgian brand. According to surgeon John Bannister, the doctor who initially attended to him, Hendrix had asphyxiated in his own vomit, mainly red wine which had filled his airways.
3. Janis Joplin (1943 - 1970)
She was American singer, songwriter, painter, dancer and music arranger. She rose to prominence in the late 1960s as the lead singer of Big Brother and the Holding Company and later as a solo artist with her backing groups, The Kozmic Blues Band and The Full Tilt Boogie Band. At the height of her career she was known as The Queen of Rock and Roll as well as The Queen of Psychedelic Soul. Rolling Stone magazine ranked Joplin number 46 on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time in 2004, and number 28 on its 2008 list of 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. Her hits that all of us must have heard of are Mercedes Benz, Piece of my heart, Son of a preacherman... She was found dead in the floor of her room. The official cause of death was an overdose of heroin, possibly combined with the effects of alcohol. Her friends believe that she was accidentally given heroin which was much more potent than normal, as several of her dealer's other customers also overdosed that week. Joplin was cremated in the Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Mortuary in Los Angeles and her ashes were scattered from a plane into the Pacific Ocean and along Stinson Beach. The only funeral service was a private affair held at Pierce Brothers and attended by Joplin's parents and maternal aunt.
4. Jim Morrison (1943 - 1971)
“I wouldn't mind dying in a plane crash. It'd be a good way to go. I don't want to die in my sleep, or of old age, or OD. I want to feel what it's like. I want to taste it, hear it, smell it. Death is only going to happen once. I don't want to miss it.” - said the famous lead singer and lyricist of the rock band The Doors. Death is sad in every way it shows up, but this singer didn't die as he expected... Not much before his death, he moved in Paris with his girlfriend Pamela Courson. He hated neadles and never used heroin, but several times he found that she was using it and they fought hard about it. Jim went to Paris because he wanted to write and to become a poet, but the demons of alcoholism finally caught up to him. He was downing 2-3 bottles of whiskey every day and was lucky to live as long as he did. He died on July 2, 1971, at age 27 of heart failure in his bathtub in Paris, and his grave at Pere Lachaise cemetery remains a pilgrimage site for fans.
5. Kurt Cobain (1967 - 1994)
Kurt Donald Cobain was an American singer-songwriter, musician and artist, best known as the lead singer, guitarist and songwriter of the grunge band Nirvana. He also joined to so called Club 27. On the 5th of april Kurt Cobain committed a suicide at his home in Seattle. Cobain’s body wasn’t discovered until April 8th, by an electrician who had arrived to install a security system, who initially believed that Cobain was asleep. A suicide note was found that read “I haven’t felt the excitement of listening to as well as creating music, along with really writing … for too many years now.” A high concentration of heroin and traces of Valium were found in Cobain’s body. His death was officially ruled as suicide by a self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head. Wendy O’Connor, Cobain’s mother, famously said “Now he’s gone and joined that stupid club,” after her son’s death in 1994. “I told him not to join that stupid club.”
6. Amy Winehouse (1983 - 2011)
Another star died at the age of 27. Winehouse famously battled addiction to drugs and alcohol and was in and out of rehab several times throughout the years. Unfortunately, nothing helped... She was considered as one brilliant soul singer whose time was about to come, but her life ended before that. Amy Winehouse was found dead at her home in London and it's believed Winehouse's death was due to a suspected drug overdose. A statement from Winehouse's U.S. record label read 'We are deeply saddened at the sudden loss of such a gifted musician, artist and performer.'