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The Cruelest and Saddest Deaths in Music History

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Tribute, Dec 13, 2018.

  1. Tribute

    Tribute Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Many of us have been moved to tears by a death of a musician when they still had so much to give, even if their health was poor. These deaths may have occured in the distant past or only recently. In the end, they are all of equal import or emotional impact. So I would not say any one was so much more tragic than another.

    Some of these musicians were torn from us suddenly and abruptly, and some had a long and difficult decline in their health.

    No rules on this thread. Any musical style, any time period.

    The musicians may have barely started on their career or may have already had an extremely productive career. Some may have clearly done their best work, but some of those may have yet had a new revival of creativity. Some were taken away perhaps years before audiences finally came around to be open to their music. Some very well could have changed their style to renew their creative juices. Some were very young, some middle-aged, and some might have had a fairly long life. Some may be considered to be among the greatest musicians of all time with great accomplishments.

    Feel free to post anyone who moves you in this way. Post a picture if you can, or post comments on someone listed by another forum member. Add some of your thoughts if you wish.

    For me, I have probably dozens, or even hundreds, of artists I could name for this thread, from many styles or eras. We could go back to Mozart or even earlier.

    For me, I have spent much of my life in "tribute" to these musicians and their associates who enjoyed a very full life.

    Right now, just to start, I'll name one that might be on many people's minds right now. One who was taken from us so suddenly, right when he was very likely on the verge of an amazing renewal.


  2. elaterium

    elaterium Forum Resident

    Phil Ochs’ suicide.
  3. Brendan K

    Brendan K Forum Resident

    27 Club Members
    • Kurt Cobain
    • Amy Winehouse
    • Jimi Hendrix
    • Janis Joplin
    • Brian Jones
    • Jim Morrison
    • Ron McKernan
    and others.
  4. intv7

    intv7 Senior Member

    Boston, MA, USA
    Pete Ham, Tom Evans
  5. crazy eights

    crazy eights Truckstop Lovechild

    new york
    Johnny thunders, the last few years of his life were sad and depressing and the way they found him was even worse, heroin is a bad life choice

  6. Zoot Marimba

    Zoot Marimba And I’m The Critic Of The Group

    Savannah, Georgia
    Marvin Gaye
    Dimebag Darrell
  7. InStepWithTheStars

    InStepWithTheStars It's a miracle, let it alter you

    North Carolina
    Pete Ham for me. The man had so much more to give, but everyone just wanted to take, take, take. The best pop songwriter who ever lived, and that's including that other guy. We Miss You, Pete.
    yesstiles, Peter_R, fr in sc and 25 others like this.
  8. 911s55

    911s55 Forum Resident

    Wa state
    Happy Holidays!
  9. The Panda

    The Panda Forum Mutant

    Marple, PA, USA
    Kirsty MacColl
    She totally changes her sound to Cuban and one of her songs is picked up by a popular US TV show and she dies in a tragically gory way.
    MC Rag, Gloi, miinsane and 49 others like this.
  10. Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens. Not cruelest, they died very quickly, but very sad because they were so young and showed such promise.
    Carlox, simoncm, walrusz and 55 others like this.
  11. Zoot Marimba

    Zoot Marimba And I’m The Critic Of The Group

    Savannah, Georgia
  12. MikeManaic61

    MikeManaic61 Forum Resident

    Warren Zevon

    Started listening to him recently and he is amazing. Sadly found out that he had terminal cancer, probably could've been avoided if he went to the doctor.

    I think he made a joke about that somewhere.
    Rupe33, walrusz, Dan C and 30 others like this.
  13. rene smalldridge

    rene smalldridge Senior Member

    Bobby Fuller
    SPikor82, Jim N., fr in sc and 29 others like this.
  14. Chris C

    Chris C Music was my first love and it will be my last!

    Jim Croce hit me the hardest

    Rhinojack, Dan C, WMTC and 51 others like this.
  15. rancher

    rancher Unmade Bed

    Mary Hansen of Stereolab being run over by a vehicle while riding her bicycle in 2002
  16. Mainline461

    Mainline461 Forum Resident

    Tamiami Trail
    Butch Trucks suicide. Flooring.
  17. Jason Manley

    Jason Manley Forum Resident

    Jeff Buckley

    Jeff Buckley Assumed Dead – Rolling Stone

    I was born and raised in Memphis and still living there at the time this happened. I recall hearing that he had been playing shows locally (a club called Barristers) and was going to be recording a follow up to GRACE.

    Just a sad way to go, swimming at night in the Mississippi.
  18. Tribute

    Tribute Forum Resident Thread Starter

    I'll add one from jazz

    Clifford Brown may have been the greatest trumpet player of all time (many believe that). But he died in a car accident (another driver at fault) when he was just 26.

  19. BZync

    BZync Senior Member

    Los Angeles
    Elliot Smith lived a troubled life and died a terrible death. And, IMO, was at a peak of his abilities
  20. FriendlyRanger

    FriendlyRanger Forum Resident

    Elgin, Illinois
    I'm 36 and it amazes me how many of my favorites I've already outlived.

    Ronnie Van Zant was 29 and Steve Gaines 28. Buddy Holly was 22. Pete Ham was 27. Jim Croce was 30, his road "band", Maury Muehleisen, was 24. Phil Ochs was 35.

    Tammi Terrell. Her whole life was cruel and sad but nobody deserves to die from a brain tumor at 24 after eight unsuccessful surgeries.

    Duane Allman and Berry Oakley. Both also 24, both motorcycle accidents.

    Tim Buckley was 28. Would have loved to heard what he would have done with his career.

    Stan Rogers was 33, a bit older, but had many more great songs to write and sing that he never got the chance to.
  21. noahjld

    noahjld Der Wixxer

    Frank Zappa

    Captain Beefheart
  22. Jason Manley

    Jason Manley Forum Resident

    I still can't believe he stabbed himself in the heart. What a way to go.
  23. RudolphS

    RudolphS Forum Resident

    Rio de Janeiro
    Not necessarily a musician, but didn't comedian Tommy Cooper die when he had a stroke on stage, while the crowd in the theatre were roaring with laughter, because they thought it was part of the act?
  24. Clarence White, killed by a drunk driver in a parking lot while loading instruments after a show. What a senseless loss to the guitar world!
  25. swandown

    swandown Under Assistant West Coast Forum Resident

    Portland, OR
    Eva Cassidy.

    How many other singers became famous five years after they died?

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