The 27 Club: Dark And Tragic Story Of Music World

One of the prominent members of the Club, Amy Winehouse, breathed her last in 1983.
One of the prominent members of the Club, Amy Winehouse, breathed her last in 1983.( Source : youtube )

27 Club members in order are 1. Brian Jones 2. Jimi Hendrix 3. Jim Morrison, and more. The death of these musicians led to the emergence of the club.

Basically, this is an informal list comprised primarily of notable artists and musicians who passed away at 27. 

The initiation of the death of a notable musician of 27-year-old lies between 1969 and 1971.

Ever since the phenomenon remains a perennial subject in the entertainment industry.

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Musicians Who Died At 27

How many 27 club members are there? There are 54 members of the 27 club.

Many celebrated artists come under the infamous list that is regarded as remarkable tragic coincidences. Below are some of the highly noteworthy artists in the club.

Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse in a fancy big red earhoops and an  embroided sweater.
Amy Winehouse in a fancy big red earhoops and an embroided sweater.( Source : pinterest )

Amy Winehouse passed away due to accidental alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, in Camden Town, London, England.

Winehouse was announced dead at the scene itself after the police arrived at her house upon the call of her bodyguard who found her not breathing. 

Her intimate funeral held on July 26, 2011, at Edgwarebury Lane Cemetery was attended by her family and friends. Previously, the singer had admitted to using hard drugs including heroin and crack cocaine.  

Kurt Cobain

Kurt Cobain passed away at the age of 27 in 1994
Kurt Cobain passed away at the age of 27 in 1994( Source : facebook )

The celebrated American musician Kurt Cobain breathed his last on April 5, 1994. He took his own life with a gunshot to his head.

It wasn't his first attempt at self-destruction. He was rushed to the hospital after getting overdosed on the combination of Rohypnol and champagne. His wife Courtney Love stated this incident was his first attempt.

Courtney called the police to inform them that he had yet again attempted to take his own life by locking himself in a room with a gun on March 18, 1994.

It was on April 8 when an electrician who had arrived to install a security system discovered the singer's body at his Lake Washington Boulevard home. 

The reports later pronounced that Cobain passed away on April 5, 1994, and his body had been inside the home for three days.

Jim Morrison

Jim Morrison is also the member of the 27 club who breathed his last in 1994.
Jim Morrison is also the member of the 27 club who breathed his last in 1994. ( Source : rollingstone )

Jim Morrison died of heart failure on July 3, 1971. He was discovered dead in the bathtub of his apartment at approx. 6 a.m. 

Several eyewitnesses including Marianne Faithfull claimed that Morrison's breathed his last due to an accidental heroin overdose. That said, the lack of autopsy didn't substantiate their statements.

Other members of the club are:

  • Fredo Santana, death: January 20, 2018
  • Dave Alexander, death: February 10, 1975,
  • Tomas Lowe, death: February 13, 2016
  • Pete Ham, death: April 24, 1975
  • Kristen Pfaff, death: June 16, 1994
  • Jim Morrison, death: July 3, 1971
  • Brian Jones, death: July 3, 1969
  • Robert Johnson, death: August 16, 1938
  • Alan Wilson, death: September 3, 1970
  • Jimi Hendrix, death: September 18, 1970
  • Chris Bell, death: December 27, 1978

Rock Stars That Died At 27

Rock stars who died young are 1. Janis Joplin 2. Jimi Hendrix 3. Kristen Pfaff, and more. These artists remain immortal in the memories.

Janis Joplin

Janis Joplin died at 27 reportedly due to a drug overdose.
Janis Joplin died at 27 reportedly due to a drug overdose.( Source : ew )

A staple name in the genre of rock Janis Joplin breathed her last due to a drug overdose on October 4, 1970. 

Close friend John Byrne and the road manager discovered Joplin dead in her room at Landmark Motor Hotel. The singer was cremated in Los Angeles at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park and Mortuary.

Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix holding his guitar with a beautiful floral designed guitar strap.
Jimi Hendrix holding his guitar with a beautiful floral designed guitar strap.( Source : time )

A popular name in the rock genre Johnny Allen Hendrix better known as Jimi Hendrix passed away at a young age on November 27, 1942.

He breathed his last of asphyxia while getting intoxicated with barbiturates. Hendrix also drowned in his own vomit as revealed in the report after his post-mortem examination.

That said, details surrounding Hendrix's death remain disputed. His funeral service was held on October 1 at Dunlap Baptist Church surrounded by his family and friends.

Kristen Pfaff

Kristen passed away of acute opiate intoxication.
Kristen passed away of acute opiate intoxication.( Source : reddit )

The bassist, Kristen Pfaff, died of acute opiate intoxication on September 18, 1970, at St, Mary Abbots Hospital.

 A friend with whom she had planned to leave for Minneapolis the same day discovered Pfaff dead in her Seattle apartment by Paul Erickson. 

Reportedly, a bag of syringes and drug paraphernalia was found on the floor of the scene. She passed away just two months after Kurt Cobain's death who was her close friend and famous rockstar.

Other famous Rock Stars in this club are:

  • Helmut Köllen, death: May 3, 1977
  • Alexander Bashlachev, death: February 17, 1988
  • Richey Edwards, death: February 1, 1995
  • Chris Bell, death: December 27, 1978
  • Alan Wilson, death: September 3, 1970
  • D.Boon, death: December 22, 1985

Most Famous 27 Club Members Rappers

27 club member rappers are 1. Fredo Santana 2. Freaky Tah 3. Davor 'Moskri' Bobić, and more. They lost their lives at the young age of 27.

Fredo Santana

Rapper Fredo Santana in his signtaure look with dreadlock.
Rapper Fredo Santana in his signtaure look with dreadlock.( Source : imdb )

The American rapper, Derrick Coleman, better recognized as, Fredo Santana, passed away on January 19, 2018.

It was his girlfriend who found him unresponsive at their home. Shortly, after discovering him in such a way, the rapper was pronounced dead.

The reports of the autopsy unveiled that Coleman had a fatal seizure. Likewise, he also developed cardiovascular disease along with the previous conditions he had.

Freaky Tah

Rapper Freaky Tah died in 1971 at the age of 27 years old.
Rapper Freaky Tah died in 1971 at the age of 27 years old.( Source : bet )

Rapper Tahliq Raymond Rogers widely recognized as Freaky Tah passed away on May 14, 1971, in Queens, New York, United States.

Kelvin Jones fatally shot the rapper after leaving Mr. Cheeks' birthday party with friends Thomas Roman and William Brown. Shortly after the incident, he was pronounced dead.

The shooter, Kelvin Jones, pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced to a minimum of 15 years. On the other hand, Raheem Fletcher, the getaway driver, got sentenced to seven years in prison.

Davor "Moskri" Bobić

Davor "Moskri" Bobić in a red bomber jacket and hoodie.( Source : metason )

Widely known as a member of the rap group, Prti BeeGee, Davor "Moskri" Bobić left this world on August 25, 2005, reportedly due to a heroin overdose.

The rapper was notably known for his raps surrounding the underground scene, drugs, and crimes.

Correspondingly, other rappers of the infamous 27 Club are:

  • Stretch, death: November 30, 1995
  • Fat Pat, death: February 3, 1998
  • Shot, death: September 21, 2017
  • Murda Killa, death: July 13, 2020
  • Walkie, death: September 30, 2022
  • Yung Trappa, death: February 2, 2023

Forever 27 Club History

Most famous 27 club members span over a century of music making. The club consists of all the celebrated artists lost at a young age.

Celebrated artists like Jimi Hendrix, Brian Jones, Jim Morrison, and Janis Joplin began this phenomenon when they passed away between 1969 and 1971 at age 27. 

The term shot to the mainstream attention again following the death of Kurt Cobain in 1994, with fans connecting his age to the death of artists like Hendrix, and more.

The Curse Of The 27 Club ( Source : youtube )

It was the death of Amy Winehouse in 2011 which proliferated the attention of the term and its significance to the age in modern culture. 

In any case, if you were wondering who is eligible enough to be in the club, an individual should not necessarily come from the music industry to be qualified as a member of the club.

Jonathan Brandis, a television actor who passed at 27 in 2003 was also included in the club members by Rolling Stone. While the club remains largely attached to musicians, over time it has expanded to actors too.

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