Mystery The 27 Club

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    The 27 Club is a group of popular musicians who died at age 27,[1] often as a result of drug and alcohol abuse, or violent means such as homicide or suicide.[2] The number of musicians who have died at this age and the circumstances of many of those deaths have given rise to the idea that premature deaths at this age are unusually common.

    The "club" has been repeatedly cited in music magazines, journals and the daily press. Several exhibitions have been devoted to the idea; as well as novels, films and stage plays.[3][4][5][6][7] There have been many different theories and speculations about the causes of such early deaths and their possible connections. Cobain and Hendrix biographer Charles R. Cross writes "The number of musicians who died at 27 is truly remarkable by any standard. [Although] humans die regularly at all ages, there is a statistical spike for musicians who die at 27."[8]

    However, a study published in the British Medical Journal in December 2011 concluded that there was no increase in the risk of death for musicians at the age of 27. Although the sampled musicians faced an increased risk of death in their 20s and 30s, this was not limited to the age of 27.[9]
     
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    Jim Morrison
     
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    Brian Jones, original and founding member of the Rolling Stones, died July 3. 1969, drowned at the age of 27.
     
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    Alan Wilson, leader, and main composer of Canned Heat. Died September 3, 1970, suicide at the age of 27.
     
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    Jimi Hendrix, musician, singer, songwriter. Died September 18, 1970 from barbiturate overdose at the age of 27.
     
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    Singer, songwriter and poet. Best known as the lead singer of The Doors. Died July 3, 1970. Official cause of death was listed as heart failure though drugs were also suspected, at the age of 27.
     
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    Singer, songwriter best known for her lead in the band Big Brother and the Holding Company. Died October 4, 1970 from a heroin overdose, age 27.
     
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    as i have mentioned before,saw The Doors at the old Spectrum in Philly in 70'
    i was 17 at the time.

    great thread by the way.
     
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    Kurt Cobain, artist and musician best known as lead singer, guitarist and songwriter for Nirvana. Died April 5, 1994 suicide by gunshot, age 27.
     
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    Amy Winehouse, singer and songwriter. Died July 23, 2011 from alcohol poisoning, age 27.
     
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    Pete de Freitas, drummer for the band Echo and the Bunnymen. Died July 14, 1989 from a motorcycle accident, age 27.
     
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    Kristen Pfaff, bassist for the bands Hole and Janitor Joe. Died June 16, 1994, heroin overdose, age 27.
     
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    Jacob Miller, reggae artist and lead singer of Inner Circle. Died March 23, 1980, in a car accident, age 27.
     
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    Gary Thain, bassist for the band Uriah Heap. Died December 8, 1975 from a heroin overdose, age 27.
     
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    Dave Alexander, bassist for the band The Stooges. Died February 10, 1975 from a pulmonary edema, age 27.
     
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    Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, founding member, keyboardist and singer of The Grateful Dead. Died March 8, 1973 from a gastrointestinal hemorrhage, age 27.
     
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    Rudy Lewis, singer with the group The Drifters. Died May 20, 1964 from a drug overdose, age 27.
     
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    D Boon, guitarist and lead singer of the punk band The Minutemen. Died December 22, 1985 in a van accident, age 27.
     
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    Mia Zapata, lead singer of the band The Grits. Died June 14, 1993, murdered, age 27.