In a nutshell, The 27 Club is a mysterious group of musical legends that all died at the age of 27, for various reasons. The original list includes Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, and Kurt Cobain (Amy Winehouse also died at the age of 27).
It’s shocking that all of the musicians were so famous so young, not to mention that they also all died so young. The music they left behind is iconic, but a secondary tragedy includes all of the music they did not get to make.
All of the names above are connected by substance abuse, addiction, and money.
27 Club: Jimi Hendrix And Janis Joplin
On September 18, 1970, Jimmy Hendrix died. For most of his life, the musician suffered from depression (often described as “manic depression” at the time). His actual death, however, remains controversial for fans. The doctor at the scene said that Hendrix died from suffocation on vomit, likely due to sleeping pills and booze.
For Janis Joplin, the death came shortly after on October 4, 1970. Joplin remains one of the most polarizing women in history. Her vocals were amazing, but her heroin eventually took over her twenties.
She likely used heroin to cope with various insecurities and loneliness.
The Deaths Of Jim Morrison And Kurt Cobain
Jim Morrison was often known as the “Lizard King.” His weight often ballooned up and down to alcohol abuse while touring with The Doors. One band member said he may even drink up to 39 beers while performing.
The Lizard King was eventually found dead in his bathtub in Paris. His death was ruled as a heart attack, but it was likely a combination of activities. Many people believe that the death actually came from a heroin overdose on July 3, 1971.
Then, on April 5, 1994, Kurt Cobain of Nirvana joined the 27 Club. For most of his life, Cobain suffered from depression and addiction. The frontman also had a ton of emotional damage throughout his life, which may have put him over the edge.
Drugs were involved, but Kurt Cobain actually took his own life. However, some conspiracy theorists believe there may have been foul play involved.
What do you think of these heartbreaking tales of dying too young?