“The 27 Club” or “Club 27” is the colloquial name given to a group of influential rock musicians that died at the young age of 27. There are a few “members” who are always listed in “27 Club” groupings – such as Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and Kurt Cobain, and more recently Amy Winehouse – while other musicians who were 27 at the time of their death are included sporadically, depending on who has composed the list (another term for this club-that-nobody-wants-to join is the Forever 27 club).Though the official causes of death for these famous people vary between the different musicians – from suicide to overdoses on sleeping pills to, yes, choking to death on vomit – drug and alcohol abuse is often cited as a primary cause behind many of these deaths. Everyone on this list will never turn 28 – they will be forever 27.
Robert Johnson is the man who started it all – or at least in American folklore. The blues singer and musician died of possible strychnine poisoning on August 16, 1938 after receiving whisky that was likely tampered with in a Greenwood, MS bar.
Singer and frontman of blues outfit Canned Heat, Alan “Blind Owl” Wilson, died of an apparent drug overdose in Topanga Canyon, CA on September 3, 1970.
One of the original founders of The Rolling Stones, frontman Brian Jones was quickly overshadowed by the team of Keith Richards and Mick Jagger and subsequently developed a drug problem that would lead to his dismissal from the group in June 1969. Less than a month later on July 3, Jones was found in the bottom of his pool and his death was entered as a drowning “death by misadventure”.
The bass player for Hole and Janitor Joe was found in her apartment, dead of a heroin overdose, by a friend on June 16, 1994.
After complaining of stomach pains, Alexander was admitted to the hospital with pancreatitis. Unfortunately, he passed away a few days later.