The words in this gallery are taken from a new book, 'The 27s: The Greatest Myth Of Rock'N'Roll', by Eric Segalstada and Josh Hunter.
, The Rolling Stones. Known for his flamboyant attire and recreational drug habits, Jones was found motionless at the bottom of his
swimming pool at Cotchford Farm July 3, 1969.
. Acquiring the nickname “Blind Owl” owing to his extreme nearsightedness, the lead singer of American blues band Canned Heat
died in California of a drug overdose September 3, 1970. Having suffered from depression, his death was reported as suicide, although this has not
been clearly established.
, The Doors. Morrison was found dead on July 3, 1971 in a Paris apartment bathtub by his long-term companion, Pamela Courson. No
autopsy was performed due to there being no evidence of foul play - but many rumours have arisen of an accidental overdose.
. Swallowing nine German-made Secobarbital sleeping tablets in a hotel room, Hendrix vomited and asphyxiated in unconscious sleep
(September 18, 1970). At the time he had been working on a new song, which included the lyric “the story of life is quicker than the wink of an
. The big-voiced singer died of a heroin overdose, possibly combined with the effects of alcohol, on October 4, 1970. At the time
she'd been working on a birthday greeting for John Lennon - the tape arrived on Lennon’s doorstep the day after she passed away.
. The original bassist for The Stooges, Alexander was sacked in 1970 after showing up at the Goose Lake International Music
Festival too drunk to play. He died of pneumonia February 10, 1975 after being admitted to hospital for pancreatitis, which was linked to his
. Having checked out of a drug rehab facility and been reported suicidal by his wife Courtney Love, Kurt’s body was found at his
Seattle home on April 8, 1994 by an electrician who had arrived to install a security system.
, Manic Street Preachers. The day before a promotional visit to the US, Edwards disappeared from the London hotel where he was
staying. His abandoned car was found two weeks later near the Severn Bridge. The guitarist/lyricist was declared presumed deceased in November
. Best known for her work with Hole, Pfaff was an honours student and a driven activist. On the day she planned to leave for
Minneapolis to make a new start, she was found dead (June 16, 1994) in the tub with a needle nearby - it's thought she died of an accidental heroin
, Uriah Heep. During his last tour with the band, Thain suffered an electric shock at the Moodie Coliseum in Dallas, Texas and was
seriously injured. Drug addicted, he was unable to perform properly and fired from the band. Thain later died (December 15, 1975) of respiratory
failure due to a heroin overdose.
. Founding member of the Grateful Dead, McKernan – a notoriously heavy drinker - was found dead (March 8, 1973) of a
gastrointestinal haemorrhage at his home in California. His epitaph reads: “Pigpen was and is now forever one of the Grateful Dead.”
, Badfinger. After finding success in the early '70s, Welsh rockers Badfinger became embroiled in financial and managerial problems.
Broken spirited, Ham hanged himself in the garage of his Surrey home on April 24, 1975. Another member of the band, Tom Evans, also committed suicide
eight years later.
Pete de Freitas
, Echo And The Bunnymen. A garrulous figure, upon quitting the band, drummer de Freitas once asked for £15,000 restitution for
all the cigarettes singer Ian McCulloch had bummed off him over the years. De Freitas died in a motorcycle accident on June 14, 1989 travelling from
London to Liverpool.
. Famous as the enigmatic bluesman who gave rise to the sold-his-soul-to-the-devil myth, Johnson died on August 16, 1938, having
been poisoned, possibly by a woman with whom he'd been having an affair.
There are more at the above link with pictures included.
Very, very strange occurrence.
For anyone out there who is 27 and in a band......watch out!
They may be dead, but there music will Live Forever