Musicians Who Died Young

Based on the clues, name these musicians who died before or at the age of 45.
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Last updated: December 6, 2018
First submittedJanuary 22, 2014
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Age
Time and Place
How
Song
Musician
27
2011, London
Alcohol poisoning
Rehab
Amy Winehouse
24
1997, Los Angeles
Drive-by shooting
Ready to Die
The Notorious B.I.G.
25
1996, Las Vegas
Drive-by shooting
California Love
Tupac Shakur
23
1995, Texas
Shot by fan club president
Amor Prohibido
Selena
27
1994, Seattle
Suicide
Heart-Shaped Box
Kurt Cobain
45
1991, London
AIDS complications
Bohemian Rhapsody
Freddie Mercury
35
1990, Wisconsin
Helicopter crash
Texas Flood
Stevie Ray Vaughan
44
1984, Los Angeles
Shot by father
Sexual Healing
Marvin Gaye
40
1980, New York
Shot by Mark David Chapman
Imagine
John Lennon
33
1980, London
Alcohol poisoning
Let There be Rock
Bon Scott
21
1979, London
Heroin overdose, possibly murder
Anarchy in the U.K.
Sid Vicious
42
1977, Memphis
Heart attack
Hound Dog
Elvis Presley
27
1971, Paris
Probable heroin overdose
The End
Jim Morrison
27
1970, Los Angeles
Heroin overdose
Piece of My Heart
Janis Joplin
27
1970, London
Asphyxiation after taking sleeping pills
Purple Haze
Jimi Hendrix
26
1967, Wisconsin
Plane crash
Respect
Otis Redding
17
1959, Iowa
Plane crash
La Bamba
Ritchie Valens
28
Chantilly Lace
The Big Bopper
22
Peggy Sue
Buddy Holly
29
1953, West Virginia
Drug and alcohol complications
Your Cheatin' Heart
Hank Williams
35
1791, Vienna
Fever
Requiem
Wolfgang Amadeus
Mozart
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Level 72
Jan 22, 2014
Never knew Otis Redding died in a plane crash.
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Level 65
Mar 3, 2014
I think it was just before Sitting On the Dock of the Bay was released too. It was a posthumous #1.
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Level 44
Mar 7, 2014
I probably would have gotten it if "Dock of the Bay" was listed as the song.
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Level 66
Jan 13, 2015
It was, Redding didn't like the song so he never released it. The famous whistled verse was written because he couldn't be bothered to write lyrics to the verse. He never saw any of the money it raised, despite being (probably) his most successful song.
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Level 63
Jan 12, 2017
I wonder if the song would have been as popular if he hadn't died.
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Level 79
Apr 24, 2017
I'm another who would have gotten it if the clue had been Dock of the Bay. The song had a unique mood and feel, and it's sad he didn't enjoy the profits. I think Aretha is better known for Respect.
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Level 67
Apr 24, 2017
I wouldn't call it crappy. I recently learned that he wrote "respect" because I've been playing dock of the bay lately and decided to learn more about the artist. I was happy when I saw respect there because I immediately knew the answer. challenging, yes. crappy, no
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Level 41
Sep 8, 2016
Neither
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Level 54
Mar 3, 2014
I was really shocked to see that Aaliyah wasn't on this list. Either way good (however sad) quiz!
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Level 82
Jul 8, 2018
I am too. Aaliyah and Lisa Lopes were both very well known. Keith Moon and John Bonham were giants as well. Randy Rhoads, the non-drinking, no drugging mama's boy who skyrocketed Ozzy Osbourne's career in the short 2 years he had in the spotlight.
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Level 71
Mar 3, 2014
Heroine? Come on now.
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Level ∞
Mar 3, 2014
Fixed
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Level 81
Mar 3, 2014
I know you don't want to clutter up a good quiz with obscure information, but for anyone interested, here are some classical composers and jazz artists who died young:

Franz Schubert (age 31)

Felix Mendelssohn (38)

George Bizet (36)

Charlie Christian (25)

Clifford Brown (25)

Jaco Pastorius (35)

Bix Beiderbecke (28)

Charlie Parker (34)

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Level 71
Mar 3, 2014
Schubert, Mendelssohn, and Mozart died young from our perspective, but Vienna and Germany were positively filthy places at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution and their life expectancy was a lot lower- at times down to the upper 30s.
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Level 72
May 22, 2014
Life expectancy rates are based on averages, so the high infant mortality rate would have skewed the statistics. Generally someone surviving early childhood pre the industrial revolution could be expected to live into their 50s
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Level 52
Nov 29, 2020
Don’t forget Chopin (39)
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Level 85
Mar 3, 2014
While I generally disagree with spouting off all the names that a quiz SHOULD have included (as long as the clues line up, it doesn't matter), I would suggest for completeness' sake that Brian Jones, the only generally-accepted member of the "27 Club" that you're missing, should be included.
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Level 88
Mar 3, 2014
Others likely to have died from a "heroine overdose":

Flynn Rider

Peeta Mellark

Fitzwilliam Darcy

Wolverine.

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Level 44
May 5, 2015
Heroin!!
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Level 51
Jan 24, 2017
It took me a good two minutes to get that.
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Level 74
Mar 3, 2014
Note to self...Do NOT fly over Wisconsin.
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Level 65
Jan 10, 2015
And don't make friends with Jim Carroll.
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Level 83
Jan 7, 2017
I just took a job in Iowa. I'll be flying over WI. I think I'll quit playing music until my next job.
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Level 72
Mar 3, 2014
Some other notables from my era: Keith Moon, John Bonham, Mama Cass Elliot, Brian Wilson.
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Level 60
Dec 16, 2019
This comment is almost 6 years old now, and Brian Wilson is still alive and well.
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Level 44
Jan 8, 2020
Are you thinking of Dennis Wilson?
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Level 34
Mar 3, 2014
I thought amy winehouse was drugs? obviously wrong and how ironic about B.I.G
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Level 64
Mar 3, 2014
Jeff Buckley (30), accidental drowning in the Mississippi River.
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Level 78
Mar 6, 2014
There's a whole freaky conspiracy theory that if you map where all the musicians died in plane crashes, it creates the shape of a guitar over Wisconsin and Iowa, and that same area had Native Americans who made effigy mounds in the shape of lizards and resemble guitars. And people believe there's some kind of supernatural cause, so musicians better be wary. Of course, there are a lot of famous musicians from Wisconsin and Iowa who fly all the time without being sucked in by the Guitar Ghost beam of death.
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Level 59
Apr 29, 2014
Jeff Buckley and Brian Jones get no love?
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Level 44
Dec 4, 2019
Yes thank you !

And what about nick drake and elliott smith ?

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Level 58
Jun 5, 2014
RIP Michael Hutchence.
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Level 40
Jul 4, 2014
Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan
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Level 44
May 5, 2015
Loads of the above, plus John Denver.
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Level 79
Jan 7, 2017
John Denver died at age 53. Too soon, but not within the parameters of this quiz.
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Level 59
May 20, 2016
Of the five I didn't get, I'd only heard of one! Here in the UK some of these artists aren't as successful as in the States.
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Level 63
Aug 24, 2016
Aaliyah (plane crash, 22) and Sam Cooke (murder, 33) should also be on this list...
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Level 46
Jan 7, 2017
Sid died in New York
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Level 77
Apr 25, 2019
Indeed, Sid Vicious was born in London but didn't die there.
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Level 61
Jan 7, 2017
I can still remember when Stevie Ray Vaughan died. I was very depressed and it didn't seem real. Listened to his music with my friends all day...
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Level 83
Jan 7, 2017
*sigh* One of these days Justin Bieber will be on this list. One of these days.
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Level 53
Sep 1, 2019
I don't like his music either, but wishing he will die soon might be a bit harsh
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Level 35
Jan 8, 2017
Jeff Buckley should be in this list, he was 30 when he died
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Level 73
Jan 8, 2017
This quiz would be overwhelming id we listed every one of them I bet. There's probably a wikipedia page or web site that lists them all. My contribution: Shannon Hoon, lead singer of Blind Melon, age 29, cocaine overdose.

Robert Johnson - who sold his soul to the devil in exchange for being a blues master - died at 27 in Mississippi.

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Level 75
May 6, 2019
Agreed. If anyone isn't acquainted with Lhasa de Sela, please check her out. You won't regret it! She died at 37 sadly.
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Level 62
Jan 8, 2017
Jeff Buckley RIP
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Level 44
Jan 9, 2017
Please accept JP Richardson in the place of The Big Bopper. I typed JP Richardson eight different ways and then finally tried his nickname. Richardson is his real name......I only know that to watching "The Buddy Holly Story" a million times when I was young.....thanks Dad:)
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Level 60
Jan 9, 2017
It doesn't accept The Big Bopper's actual name: J. P. Richardson
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Level 65
Jan 22, 2017
03.02.1959 - the day the music died...
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Level 79
Apr 24, 2017
I barely remember that day. My older brothers were so sad, and we played their 45s over and over on our suitcase-type record player with the sound so scratchy we could hardly understand the lyrics, except for Big Bopper. His booming voice always came through.
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Level 32
Apr 24, 2017
You forgot the best guitarist in the history of Rock and Roll. Duane Allman dead at 24.
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Level 60
Nov 5, 2017
No Dimebag?
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Level 60
Nov 16, 2017
Where's the Elliott Smith love?
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Level 64
Nov 26, 2017
No Randy Rhoads? Blasphemy.
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Level 29
Jun 22, 2018
time to put xxx in
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Level 82
Jul 8, 2018
I'm surprised at the portion who don't know Hendrix, probably the most often mentioned of the 27 club.
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Level 69
Apr 25, 2019
Never heard of Selena, Stevie Ray Vaughan or Bon Scott.
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Level 73
May 5, 2019
Any thoughts on adding Bob Marley?
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Level 58
May 26, 2019
damn i typed "quintanilla" and didn't think to try with her first name...
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Level 78
Jun 25, 2019
Aww, was expecting "ham sandwich" as a clue for Mama Cass.
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Level 73
Jul 2, 2019
Karen Carpenter, 32......Mama Cass, 32......Bob Marley, 36
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Level 83
Aug 2, 2019
Jim Croce died at 30, younger than some in this quiz.
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Level 65
Aug 3, 2019
Why isn’t GG Allin on this list?
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Level 64
Aug 26, 2019
Just for pedantic purposes, Franz Schubert died at 30, STD-aggravated pneumonia.I know

Mozart is more widely know but still this guy was rocking it in a shamefully short career.

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Level 45
Jan 18, 2020
eyyy 27 Club respect
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Level 39
Jan 22, 2020
Randy Rhoads, plane crash?
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Level 52
Apr 30, 2020
You should add Duane Allman (24) and Bradley Nowell (28) to the list
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Level 60
Jun 2, 2020
how about Aaliyah.
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Level 53
Aug 22, 2020
I'll never forget Bon Scott singing on Australian TV (fronting AC/DC) while dressed as a schoolgirl. He seemed so irrepressible yet died so far from home.
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Level 48
Nov 8, 2020
Paul McCartney (24) car crash 1966
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Level 44
Nov 17, 2020
1. "Biggie Smalls" = "The Notorious B.I.G.": his real name was Christopher Wallace. Should be an alternate answer.

2. "Big Bopper": his real name was Jiles P. Richardson. Should be an alternate answer.

3. Sid Vicious joined the Sex Pistols in 1977. The song "Anarchy in the U.K." was released in 1976. The clue does not connect.

Thanks!

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Level 35
Nov 28, 2020
your missing Keith Moon, Brian Jones, Harry Chapin, John Bohnam, Duane Allman, Half of Lynard Skynyrd, Cass Elliot, Dennis Wilson and Bob Marley, too name a few.