List of Members of the Forever 27 Club

Updated on August 28, 2018
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CJ Baker is a published writer who is currently writing a book on the historical developments of protest music.

Graffiti in Tel Aviv depicting some of the more famous members of the 27 club.
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The 27 Club

The number 27 may be the most infamous number in the history of rock music. This number has taken on mythical status due to the prevalence of many iconic and groundbreaking musicians who died at the age of 27. There is now a certain mystique associated with that age and the general notion of important musicians dying young.

Famous Rock Musicians Who Died at the Age of 27

  • Kurt Cobain
  • Amy Winehouse
  • Jimi Hendrix
  • Janis Joplin
  • Jim Morrison
  • Robert Johnson
  • Brian Jones (The Rolling Stones)
  • Ron "Pigpen" McKernan (The Grateful Dead)
  • Chris Bell (Big Star)
  • D. Boon (The Minutemen)
  • Richey Edwards (Manic Street Preachers)

History of the Forever 27 Club

The 27 death phenomenon started to become prevalent during the years 1969-71. During that period the rock & roll world lost the following musicians due to death: Dickie Pride, Brian Jones, Alan "Blind Owl" Wilson, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Arlester "Dyke" Christian.

The term "Forever 27 Club" was not coined to refer to the list of musicians who died at the age of 27 until after Kurt Cobain's death on April 5th, 1994. Since the death of Cobain, there has been a greater focus in the media surrounding the 27 death phenomenon. Also, the high-profile death of Amy Winehouse on July 23rd, 2011 once again brought renewed interest concerning the 27 club.

With the June 19, 2016 death of actor Anton Yelchin (Pavel Checkov in the reboot of the Star Trek movie series), the 27 Club once again was starting to make the news. With his death, the media started to include young actors, and other notable artists as part of the 27 Club. Even though their deaths were equally tragic, this article is focusing on musicians that died at that age.

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Members of the 27 Club

Even though the media began to coin the term the 27 Club after the death of Rolling Stones' guitarist Brian Jones in 1969, there were other musicians who died at the age of 27 before that. The most prominent is one of the founding fathers of the blues, Robert Johnson. The earliest recorded member of the 27 Club was composer Alexandre Levy who died on January 17th, 1892.

Now we are going to profile a selected list of 27 Club members. This includes well-known members along with unsung heroes.

Kurt Cobain


It was after Kurt Cobain's death on April 5th, 1994 which really started to generate interest in the 27 Club phenomenon. It was after the death of the Nirvana's frontman that the term "Forever 27 Club" (also referred to as the 27 Club, Club 27 and the Curse of 27) started to be used.

Like many of the previous members of the 27 Club, Cobain was deeply troubled and struggled with drug addiction and the burden of being seen as the voice of a generation. The official cause of death was suicide via a self-inflicted gunshot wound, but there are those that feel he was murdered. There are also theories that Cobain intentionally timed his death so that he could join his musical idols as a member of the 27 Club.

This theory started when Cobain's mother was interviewed by a local newspaper after his death, saying that “Now he’s gone and joined that stupid club. I told him not to join that stupid club.” By club, many people thought she was referring to the 27 Club.

Jimi Hendrix


Jimi Hendrix is widely considered to be the greatest guitarist of all time and is considered to be one of the most influential musicians in the history of rock. One of the remarkable aspects of Hendrix's recording career is that his rich legacy was primarily established during a three year period from 1966 to 1969. After spending years toiling away in obscurity as a sideman, Hendrix was discovered by Chas Chandler of the Animals, who convinced him to come to England in 1966. While there, the Jimi Hendrix Experience was formed, and the rest is history.

Jimi Hendrix died at the age of 27, on September 18th, 1970. The official cause of death has been cited as asphyxiation caused by an overdose of painkillers. That being said, conspiracy theorists have also cited the possibility of suicide and murder. Like many of the great rock & roll casualties, the mysterious circumstances behind his death have added to his legacy.

Jim Morrison


Like Hendrix, Morrison and his band, the Doors, burst onto the music scene in 1967, displaying an innovative blend of blues-rock and psychedelia. Morrison became a counter-culture icon, known for his poetic lyrics and bluesy vocal delivery, but he struggled with substance abuse and alcoholism, leading to the Doors ceasing to perform live. Eventually, Morrison left the country and moved to France where he died at the age of 27 on July 3rd, 1971. Morrison died two years from the day that Brian Jones died.

He allegedly died of a heroin overdose, but because an autopsy was never performed there is still some debate concerning the official cause of death. One conspiracy theory involved Morrison faking his death, to escape the trappings of rock stardom. This was because he was living in Paris at the time and no one knew many of the details surrounding his death.

Jim Morrison was buried in the Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris France. His gravesite has become a popular tourist attraction. It has also caused issues with the cemetery due to vandalism.

Jim Morrison's longtime companion, Pamela Courson, died on April 25th, 1974. She was also 27 years old.

Amy Winehouse


When Amy Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23rd, 2011 she became the most high-profile member of the 27 Club since the death of Kurt Cobain. Winehouse's death renewed interest in the curse of 27.

Just like the other more well-known members of the 27 Club, Winehouse was deeply troubled, and she lived a hard life which lead to her premature demise. Winehouse struggled with substance abuse, eventually succumbing to alcohol poisoning.

Her throwback style was considered to be an inspiration to many female artists who would go on to achieve substantial success. Despite her brief career, Winehouse became a critical and commercial success after the release of her highly influential album Back to Black in 2006.

Janis Joplin


"The Queen of Psychedelic Soul" died just 16 days after Jimi Hendrix on October 4, 1970. The official cause of death was cited as a heroin overdose which may have been exasperated by the abuse of alcohol.

Joplin had fronted the San Francisco band Big Brother and the Holding Company before embarking on a solo career of her own. Her trademark bluesy singing style made her into one of the most iconic singers of the era. She also is widely considered one of the most influential female vocalists of all time.

Like many of the members of the 27 Club, she was a deeply troubled artist who lived a hard life. Joplin struggled with alcoholism and drug addiction, with both worsening as her career began to take off.

Robert Johnson

Because there has been so little that has been properly documented about the influential blues artist Robert Johnson, he has developed an almost mythic legend around him. His death at the young age of 27 also added to his mythology. He died on August 16th, 1938. At the time his death was attributed to strychnine poisoning, but this is also widely disputed. The mystery surrounding his death also contributes to his significant legacy. Even though his recordings consisted of a scant 29 songs that were recorded during 1936-37 his music was an essential part of the fabric of rock & roll. While he was initially underappreciated at the time of his death, many famous blues guitarists such as Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, and Keith Richards discovered his music and were influenced by his playing style.

It was said that Johnson went down to the crossroads in rural Mississippi one night and met a large black figure, the devil, exchanging his eternal soul to become a great guitar player.

This myth began because when Johnson had started playing around the deep south and was not known as a good guitar player. One day he suddenly showed up as an expert player, with technical skills that no one else could match. Many people thought that his rapid development was due to some supernatural influence and thus the crossroads myth was born.

Brian Jones

Brian Jones was a founding member and guitarist for the Rolling Stones. Due to developing a serious drug addiction, he was kicked out of the Rolling Stones in 1969, being replaced by Mick Taylor. Less than a month later he died on July 3rd, 1969 due to a tragic drowning accident which took place at his swimming pool. While Jones had played a prominent role in founding the band, eventually Mick Jagger and Keith Richards became the dominant musical forces in the Rolling Stones, relegating Jones to a lessened position in the group. Coupled with a bad drug addiction, this made it impossible for Jones to remain in the band.

When people refer the 27 Club, Jones is quite often is referred to as the start of that movement. His death was the beginning of a two year period which also marked the deaths of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Jim Morrison at the age of 27.

Ron "Pigpen" McKernan

Ron "Pigpen" McKernan was a founding member of the Grateful Dead. On March 3rd, 1973 he was found dead of a gastrointestinal hemorrhage which was complicated by alcohol abuse.

Much like Brian Jones, McKernan was one of the early leaders of the band, steering them in a more R&B direction early on. Eventually, guitarists Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir decided to take the band in an improvisational and psychedelic direction, a style that the group became known for. This caused McKernan to take a back seat at concerts, and his role continued to diminish until he was forced to step down from the Grateful Dead due to his worsening health.

McKernan also had a brief relationship with fellow 27 Club member Janis Joplin. On a couple of occasions, the two dueted together on the Dead's live standard "Turn on Your Lovelight."

Chris Bell


Chris Bell was the lead guitarist, and along with Alex Chilton, he was the primary songwriter for Big Star. Bell left the band after their influential but commercially overlooked power pop gem #1 Record. He went on to release two songs in 1978, "I Am the Cosmos" and "You and Your Sister." These two songs were also included in his posthumous debut solo, I Am the Cosmos, which wasn't released until 1992.

Bell died on December 27th, 1978 when he lost control of his Triumph TR7 sports car. His funeral took place the next day on December 28th, which sadly coincided with the birthday of former bandmate Alex Chilton. Bell continues to be an influential figure in the development of power pop and indie rock.

D. Boon

D. Boon was the guitarist, lead vocalist and one of the primary songwriters (along with Mike Watt) for the influential hardcore punk band the Minutemen. D. Boon was listed as #89 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time. His guitar style, which had a heavy funk and blues feel, helped make the Minutemen more diverse than the average band from the '80s hardcore scene.

Boon died on December 22nd, 1985 due to a Van accident. Because he had a fever, he was laying in the back recuperating when the van crashed, sending him flying through the back of the van.

Since D. Boon's tragic death, Mike Watt and George Hurley of the Minutemen continued on as fIREHOSE, where Watt continued to develop his highly influential style of bass playing.

Every album Mike Watt has put out, either solo or as part of fIREHOSE as been dedicated to his fallen bandmate. He has also written a number of songs as a direct tribute to D. Boon.

Richey Edwards

The rhythm guitarist and main lyricist of UK alternative band Manic Street Preachers is one of the more mysterious additions to the list. Edwards went missing on February 1st, 1995 and he was presumed dead on November 23rd, 2008. Because his car was found abandoned on February 17th, 1995 in proximity to Severn Bridge, it is widely believed that he committed suicide.

Before these events, Edwards was known to be deeply disturbed. One of the more obvious signs was when he took a photo of himself with the words "4 Real" carved into his arm. The mysterious circumstances surrounding his disappearance have helped cement his cult status within the UK.

The ninth album recorded by the Manic Street Preachers, Journal for Plague Lovers was released on May 18th, 2009 and feature previously unused lyrics written by Edwards.

List of Members of the Forever 27 Club

Date of Birth
Date of Death
Cause of Death
Reason for Fame
Fredo Santana
July 4, 1990
January 20, 2018
Liver failure
American rapper
Kim Jong-hyun
April 8, 1990
December 18, 2017
Suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning
Lead vocalist and lyricist for Shinee
Thomas Fekete
July 1, 1988
May 31, 2016
Guitarist for Surfer Blood
Tomas Lowe
December 5, 1988
February 13, 2016
Road accident
Bassist for Viola Beach
Slađa Guduraš
May 11, 1987
December 10, 2014
Road accident
Bosnian pop singer and actress
Soroush "Looloosh" Farazmand
October 31, 1985
November 11, 2013
Guitarist for the Yellow Dogs
Nicole Bogner
March 22, 1984
January 6, 2012
Undisclosed illness
Singer for Visions of Atlantis
Richard Turner
July 30, 1984
August 11, 2011
Cardiac arrest
Trumpet player, collaborator with Friendly Fires
Amy Winehouse
September 14, 1983
July 23, 2011
Alcohol poisoning
Achik Spin
July 1, 1982
April 17, 2010
Road accident
Member of the Malaysian pop group Spin
Orish Grinstead
June 2, 1980
April 20, 2008
Kidney failure
Founding member of the R&B group 702
Valentín Elizalde
February 1, 1979
November 25, 2006
Mexican banda singer
Davor "Moskri" Bobić
November 24, 1977
August 25, 2005
Drug overdose
Original member and lead rapper of Prti Bee Gee
Bryan Ottoson
March 18, 1978
April 19, 2005
Drug overdose (prescription medication)
Guitarist for American Head Charge
Jeremy Michael Ward
May 5, 1976
May 25, 2003
Drug overdose (heroin)
The Mars Volta and De Facto sound manipulator
Maria Serrano Serrano
November 26, 1973
November 24, 2001
Plane crash (Crossair Flight 3597)
Background singer for Passion Fruit
Sean Patrick McCabe
November 13, 1972
August 28, 2000
Lead singer of Ink & Dagger
Rodrigo Bueno
May 24, 1973
June 24, 2000
Traffic collision (car)
Cuarteto singer
February 1, 1972
June 21, 1999
Subarachnoid hemorrhage
Drummer for Malice Mizer
Freaky Tah
May 14, 1971
March 28, 1999
American rapper and member of the hip hop group Lost Boyz
Fat Pat
December 4, 1970
February 3, 1998
American rapper and member of Screwed Up Click
April 8, 1968
November 30, 1995
Richey Edwards
December 22, 1967
February 1, 1995
Disappeared; officially presumed dead November 23, 2008
Lyricist and guitarist for Manic Street Preachers
Kristen Pfaff
May 26, 1967
June 16, 1994
Drug overdose (heroin)
Bass guitarist for Hole and Janitor Joe
Kurt Cobain
February 20, 1967
April 5, 1994 c.
Suicide by gunshot
Founding member, lead singer, guitarist and songwriter for Nirvana
Mia Zapata
August 25, 1965
July 7, 1993
Lead singer of the Gits
Dimitar Voev
May 21, 1965
September 5, 1992
Poet, founder of the Bulgarian new wave band New Generation
Chris Austin
February 24, 1964
March 16, 1991
Plane crash
Country singer and guitarist/fiddle player for Reba McEntire
Pete de Freitas
August 2, 1961
June 14, 1989
Traffic collision (motorcycle)
Drummer for Echo & the Bunnymen
Jean-Michel Basquiat
December 22, 1960
August 12, 1988
Drug overdose (Speedball)
Painter and graffiti artist; formed the band Gray
Alexander Bashlachev
May 27, 1960
February 17, 1988
Fall from a height, probable suicide
Poet, rock musician and songwriter
D. Boon
April 1, 1958
December 22, 1985
Traffic collision (van)
Guitarist, lead singer of punk band Minutemen
Jacob Miller
May 4, 1952
March 23, 1980
Traffic collision (car)
Reggae artist and lead singer for Inner Circle
Zenon De Fleur
September 9, 1951
March 17, 1979
Traffic collision (car) and subsequent medical complications
Guitarist for the Count Bishops
Chris Bell
January 12, 1951
December 27, 1978
Traffic collision (car)
Singer-songwriter and guitarist of power pop band Big Star and solo
Helmut Köllen
March 2, 1950
May 3, 1977
Poisoning (carbon monoxide)
Bassist for 1970s prog rock band Triumvirat
October 11, 1948
August 2, 1976
Traffic collision (car)
Gary Thain
May 15, 1948
December 8, 1975
Drug overdose (heroin)
Former bassist of Uriah Heep and the Keef Hartley Band
Pete Ham
April 27, 1947
April 24, 1975
Suicide by hanging
Keyboardist and guitarist, leader of Badfinger
Dave Alexander
June 3, 1947
February 10, 1975
Pulmonary edema
Bassist for the Stooges
Wallace "Wally" Yohn
January 12, 1947
August 12, 1974
Plane crash
Organ player of Chase
Roger Lee Durham
February 14, 1946
July 27, 1973
Fell off a horse and died from the injuries
Singer and percussionist of Bloodstone
Ron "Pigpen" McKernan
September 8, 1945
March 8, 1973
Gastrointestinal hemorrhage
Founding member, keyboardist and singer of the Grateful Dead
Leslie Harvey
September 13, 1944
May 3, 1972
Guitarist for Stone the Crows and brother of Alex Harvey
Linda Jones
December 14, 1944
March 14, 1972
Complications from diabetes
Soul singer
Jim Morrison
December 8, 1943
July 3, 1971
Heart failure
Singer, lyricist, and leader of the Doors
Arlester "Dyke" Christian
June 13, 1943
March 13, 1971
Frontman, vocalist and bassist of Dyke and the Blazers
Janis Joplin
January 19, 1943
October 4, 1970
Drug overdose (probably heroin)
Lead vocalist and songwriter for Big Brother and the Holding Company, the Kozmic Blues Band and Full Tilt Boogie Band
Jimi Hendrix
November 27, 1942
September 18, 1970
Pioneering electric guitarist, singer and songwriter for the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Band of Gypsys
Alan "Blind Owl" Wilson
July 4, 1943
September 3, 1970
Drug overdose (barbiturate), possible suicide
Leader, singer and primary composer of Canned Heat
May 19, 1942
July 31, 1969
Road accident
German schlager vocalist
Brian Jones
February 28, 1942
July 3, 1969
Drowning (coroner's report states "death by misadventure")
Rolling Stones founder, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist
Dickie Pride
October 21, 1941
March 26, 1969
Drug overdose (sleeping pills)
Rock and roll singer
Malcolm Hale
May 17, 1941
October 31, 1968
Poisoning (carbon monoxide)
Original member and lead guitarist of Spanky and Our Gang
Joe Henderson
April 24, 1937
October 24, 1964
Heart attack
R&B and gospel singer
Rudy Lewis
August 23, 1936
May 20, 1964
Drug overdose
Vocalist of the Drifters
Jesse Belvin
December 15, 1932
February 6, 1960
Traffic collision (car)
R&B singer, pianist and songwriter
Nat Jaffe
January 1, 1918
August 5, 1945
Complications from high blood pressure
Swing jazz pianist
Robert Johnson
May 8, 1911
August 16, 1938
Poisoning (strychnine)
Blues singer and musician
Louis Chauvin
March 13, 1881
March 26, 1908
Neurosyphilitic sclerosis
Ragtime musician
Alexandre Levy
November 10, 1864
January 17, 1892
Composer, pianist and conductor

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Why 27?

One of the questions that remain is why have so many musicians died at the age of 27. There is no shortage of theories. There are numerologists that feel that 27 is a significant number, there are theories concerning the number of 27 club members that owned white lighters, and so on. Many dismiss the 27 death phenomenon as just simply an unexplained coincidence.

One factor that is widely noted is that many of the members of club 27 have lived lifestyles that have contributed to dying at a young age. Of course, this doesn't fully explain why not 26 or 28. But part of the mystique of the 27 mythology is the fact that we don't have clear answers. It is the unexplained nature that helps ensures the Forever 27 Club a place in rock & roll folklore.

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      9 days ago

      I will always miss one of my favorite artist kim jonghyun and thank you to all these other artist who left a great impact in the music world

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      5 weeks ago

      They all would have continued to influence the direction music was going and we are left to imagine what greatness was left uncovered.

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      Lillya Evans 

      7 weeks ago

      I miss kurt

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      Bryn Sheen 

      2 months ago

      Joseph Merrick

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      CJ Baker 

      8 months ago from Parts Unknown

      Hi Nathaniel, Brad Nowell was 28 when he died, so that is why he wasn't included. Thanks.

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      8 months ago

      Why didn't you put Brad Nowell, he is the single most important 27 Club member, at least to me.

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      9 months ago

      Kim Jonghyun, main vocalist and lyricist of a South Korean kpop boy band SHINee commited suicide and died on 18th of December 2017 due to carbon monoxid poisoning. He was 27 y/o you should add him. We - his fans - are very heartbroken rn. Another angel has found it's wings

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      9 months ago

      Add Kim Jong-Hyun too please he is a member of SHINee named k-pop group he died at 18.12.2017 suicide

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      11 months ago

      You should put down murder for the cause of death for Cobain. Courtney killed him, and if you dont believe me, watch soaked in bleach.

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      12 months ago

      Even though its a sad list, ive been a fan of Nirvana since i was 12. Whilst reading about the band i found out about the 27 club... introduced me to the other amazing musicians on the list.

      I watched a show tonight and Ball and Chain by Janis Joplin was playing in the credits, my insides were shaking at her voice... fair to say i watched all the credits ❤

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      16 months ago

      i love this 27 club

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      17 months ago

      You missed Evaldo Braga

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      18 months ago

      Pigpen was the most influential

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      CJ Baker 

      21 months ago from Parts Unknown

      Basquiat was born on December 22, 1960 and died on Aug 12, 1988, so he was still a few months away from his 28th birthday and he was still 27. Thanks.

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      Andrew S. 

      21 months ago

      You have Basquiat on the list, however he died at 28?

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      CJ Baker 

      23 months ago from Parts Unknown

      Jim, you are right, Gram died just short of 2 months before his 27th birthday. But before is the optimal word. He was still 26 years old when he died, so for obvious reasons he was excluded. Still way too young though.

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      23 months ago

      Great article. I have a 27 year old son and I am a big fan of most of these artists. Don't think I saw Gram Parsons mentioned in your article. According to wiki, he died just 2 months before his 27th birthday.

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      CJ Baker 

      2 years ago from Parts Unknown

      Rozie, Shannon Hoon died at 28, so even though he died way too young, there was no reason to mention him in a list of musicians who died at 27. Thanks for the read and comment.

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      2 years ago

      You didn't mention Shannon Hoon at all

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      CJ Baker 

      2 years ago from Parts Unknown

      Hi C, since River was 23 and the 27 Club is a list of musicians who died at 27, he obviously wouldn't be included in this list. But thanks for the read and the comment.

      Wayne Messenger - Sorry to hear about your daughter. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time for you and your family.

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      wayne messenger 

      2 years ago

      Our Daughter Heather was familiar with the forever 27 club since she was a teenager. Always said she was going to join them. Well she did this last week. Accidentalty she has joined the group


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      2 years ago

      You forgot to put River Phoenix he died when he was 23, he was a singer and actor, he died on October 31 of 1993 because of an overdose of heroine and cocaine.

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      CJ Baker 

      3 years ago from Parts Unknown

      Brennan, even though she is 27 and it was tragic she died, she was not a musician. The 27 Club is a list of musicians that died at 27, so that is why she was excluded. Thanks for the read and the comment.

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      3 years ago

      I feel that a very important member of this club has been erroneously omitted.

      On September 3, 2001, we lost another beloved celebrity at the age of 27. The life of Thuy Trang - yes THE original Yellow Power Ranger - was tragically ended in a car accident. I feel that my life has most been influenced by this left out member of the Forever 27 Club.

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      CJ Baker 

      3 years ago from Parts Unknown

      MarleneB, that is an interesting point. In the case of Cobain he was aware of the 27 club and there is rumors he may of timed events in order to be included in the club. Not sure I entirely buy that, but the sad thing is an artist could make the list by making a conscious decision to end it all at 27. But I guess it could go the other way as well. It might motivate some to clean up their act and get help, because they don't want to be another rock & roll causality. Thanks for the read and the comment.

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      3 years ago from USA

      Man, if I was a rock star under the age of 27, this 27 death phenomenon would make me crazy scared. I had never heard of it before now. I wonder how it affects the mindset of musicians as they approach age 27.

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      4 years ago

      I first read an article about Jones Hendrix Joplin and Morrison around 93 or 94, stating how also they all carried the letter J in their names while being 60's rock stars who died at 27. Later I learnt of a few more like Thain, McKinon & Cobain. But this list is fully comprehensive. Wow.

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      CJ Baker 

      4 years ago from Parts Unknown

      Thanks WriterJanis for the read and comment, greatly appreciated. Glad that I introduced you to the 27 club, even though it is sad that I had to. It is tragic that we have lost so many talented individuals so young.

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      4 years ago from California

      I did not know of this club until I read this, but it all makes sense now. Amazing how so many talented artists died at this age. You did an outstanding job at covering this.

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      CJ Baker 

      4 years ago from Parts Unknown

      Thanks Minnetonka Twin for the read and the comment! I agree that it is a tragedy that we lost so many talented artists so young. The 27 Club truly is a mysterious part of rock & roll folklore.

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      Linda Rogers 

      4 years ago from Minnesota

      Great hub spartucusjones-So sad how many incredible artists's we've lost at the young age of 27. It's a very intriguing and mysterious club. Great article with great capsules and information.

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      CJ Baker 

      5 years ago from Parts Unknown

      It is an interesting thought. There were rumors before he died that he was going to quit Nirvana and take a break from the music industry. It would be interesting to think what directions Kurt may of took his music outside of Nirvana.

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      5 years ago from Wilkes Barre, PA West Hartford, CT

      I always wonder what music would be like if Kurt Cobain was still around.

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      CJ Baker 

      5 years ago from Parts Unknown

      Thanks, LisaMarie. I am glad that you found it informative. I appreciate the read and the comment.

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      Lisa Stover 

      5 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

      I also am a huge music lover and I've never heard of this before. It's hard to believe that so many talented people died at 27. Great hub and it's honestly packed with information, one of the most informative hubs I've read in a while. Great job.

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      CJ Baker 

      5 years ago from Parts Unknown

      Hey Emma, It is truly mind boggling how many great artists died at 27. I truly appreciate the read and the comment.

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      Emma Kisby 

      5 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      Hi Spartucusjones - I am a big music fan and have heard of the 27 club. I had no idea there were so many musicians who died at this age though. Interesting about Amy Winehouse - I knew she was in her late twenties, but it didn't register with me that she was 27. I didn't know Richie Manic was 27 when he disappeared as well.

      Such a great loss.

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      CJ Baker 

      6 years ago from Parts Unknown

      Thanks for the comment. It is definitely tragic how many greats have died so young.

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      Kim Kennedy 

      6 years ago from uk

      Hadn't heard of the club before, a very interesting read, thanks. I didn't realise Hendrix and Joplin were so young. Not a club anyone would aim to join!

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      CJ Baker 

      6 years ago from Parts Unknown

      linda - Thanks, I appreciate the comments. I am glad you found it fascinating.

      Simone - You are right, the 27 death phenomenon is truly mind boggling. I am also glad to be one of your party resources. It is always nice to gain approval from the boss lady.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Yikes! I had not heard of the 27 Club before and am kind of floored by the number of artists who died at this age. Who knew??

      This is an awesome Hub though- love the quiz, poll, videos, and reference table. Should this subject ever come up at a party, you KNOW I'll be navigating straight to this Hub on my iPhone!

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      6 years ago from Arizona

      I remember reading about the 27 club after Amy Winehouse died. That article wasn't nearly as comprehensive as yours. Thanks for the in-depth look into this unique club membership roster. A fascinating Hub!

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      CJ Baker 

      6 years ago from Parts Unknown

      Yes it is a tragic club. Thanks for the comment.

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      Leah Lefler 

      6 years ago from Western New York

      Oh my goodness - I had never heard of the 27 club before! That is so sad - 27 is such a young age to die.

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      CJ Baker 

      6 years ago from Parts Unknown

      You are right, this is a tragic club to be a part of. Who knows what would of happened if these gifted artists have lived longer. Thanks for reading and I appreciate the insights.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      This is a club with an alarming membership. Not one of the people listed on the chart died of normal causes. It is sad and some of their music may have made a greater impact had they not passed on so early in life.

    • spartucusjones profile imageAUTHOR

      CJ Baker 

      6 years ago from Parts Unknown

      Josh - Thanks again. Feel free to drop in anytime.

      Lizy - Thanks for the tweet! Greatly appreciated.

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      Elizabeth Yetter 

      6 years ago from Oley, PA

      Very interesting article. Tweeted.

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      Joshua Zerbini 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania


      I came across this again in my HubHopper, so I was like why not drop in again? :) Great job bud!

    • spartucusjones profile imageAUTHOR

      CJ Baker 

      6 years ago from Parts Unknown

      Thanks Tom. You are right Brad just missed the cut. But 28 is still way too young, and if they had a way too young club he would belong to that.

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      Tom Koecke 

      6 years ago from Tacoma, Washington

      Really interesting, spartucus. I liked the capsule you put into the hub giving dates, causes, and claims to fame.

      Brad Nowell missed it by a few months by turning 28 before he died. I think they should give him honorary 27 Club status.

      I got 6 correct in your quiz.

      Again, great job!

    • spartucusjones profile imageAUTHOR

      CJ Baker 

      6 years ago from Parts Unknown

      Josh - I appreciate the kind comments! I am also glad that you have learnt something. Learning stuff is cool!

      Georgie - Thanks for the read. It is mind boggling how many musicians have died at that age.

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      GH Price 

      6 years ago from North Florida

      Dude! This is a great Hub. A lot of people know about the Forever 27 Club, but they don't know the huge number of people that are in it.

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      Joshua Zerbini 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      I have to be honest and admit that I know nothing about this club, but the hub was an enjoyable read! I will give you that, very informative well-written, and full of great capsules. That I can critique, and you get a 100 in my book! I can tell you took a lot of time on this hub because it shows. Keep up the great work!


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