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IN Celebrities ON 04 Jun, 2015
Rock music is one of the deepest and most unfathomable forms of Western music that has charmed millions of people from around the globe with a sweet, morbid air about it. Morbid because many of the greatest stars who created rock music died quick, mysterious deaths, or committed suicides. These rockstars influenced rock with their persona, raised the bar of the genre and right while doing so, died young.
Also known as the Lizard King, Jim Morrsion is looked upon as a cult figure in the history of rock music due to his rebellious nature, wild appearance and sedating voice. At the young age of 27, Morrison died in Paris due to heroin overdose. His body was found in the bathtub of his apartment. According his close acquaintances, Morrison's girlfriend who was also present when he snorted the drug, just kept looking at a bleeding Jim instead of calling for help.
Billy Murcia, the terrific drummer who began his musical career at the age of 16, was the first few members who formed the band The New York Dolls. On November 6, 1972, Murcia passed out in a party and in attempts to revive him by forcing coffee down his throat, he died of asphyxiation, aged 21.
Keith Relf, considered as one of the most important names in folk rock music, was the lead vocalist and harmonica player of the Yardbirds, a band that later dissolved and reformed with some substitution to go by the name Led Zeppelin. In 1966, while playing his improperly earthed guitar, a 33-year-old Relf died of electrocution in the basement of his house.
Considered as the ninth greatest bassist of all time, Cliff Burton was the bass guitarist of Metallica. On September 27, 1986, during their Damage Inc tour of Europe, as the band was traveling in their tour bus, the bus skidded off black ice and Burton was thrown out of the window of the bus which landed on top of him, killing him in an instant. Burton was only 24 when he died.
Surprisingly, the only lady to make the list, Sandy Denny is described as the pre-eminent British folk rock singer. Her deep soothing voice made her very popular in the folk rock fandom. She also sung a duet with Robert Plant for Led Zeppelin's fourth album. Denny fell down the stairs of her house with her head hitting the concrete, which consequently resulted in a continuous headache for Denny. On 17 April, 1878 Denny fell in coma and four days later died in the Atkinson Morley Hospital at Wimbledon. Denny was 31 when she died.
Randy Rhoads, considered to have had the greatest influence on neo-classical metal music, was a heavy metal guitarist who played for Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot This undisputed king of metal fused classic music with his own metal style raising the standards of the genre. On March 19, 1982 Rhoads, just 25 years old, died in a plane crash while touring with Ozzy Osbourne.
Sid Vicious famously known for his disturbed image and infamously for the murder of his girlfriend, was the very talented lead vocalist of Sex Pistols. The looks of the Joker from Batman trilogy were influenced by Vicious. Sid Vicious died at the very young age of 21 due to overdose of heroin after a party held by his mother, but some sources believe that a suicidal Vicious purposely overdosed himself.
John Bonham, named the best drummer of all time, was the drummer of Led Zeppelin, known for his intense speed and the feel of the groove. He was also known for the 'thrashing' which he executed very powerfully. On September 24, 1980, after having drunk 40 shots of vodka, he slept in Jimmy Page's house where he was found dead the next morning. The cause of the death was supposedly that he choked on his own vomit. He was 32 when he died.
Hillel Slovak was the lead guitarist of Red Hot Chilli Peppers and the founding member of the band too. Slovak was a pro hard and funk rock guitarist but at times he tried metal too. A huge heroin addict, Slovak struggled with his addiction for a long time. Having isolated himself from friends and family to get rid of the addiction, Slovak kept struggling but on June 27, 1988 he was found dead in his Hollywood apartment. Slovak was just 26 when heroin took him out.
Jimi Hendrix can be called the first man who brought a fiery glory to Rock music by sacrificing his guitar in flames on a live stage. According to the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, Hendrix was the greatest instrumentalist of all time. Jimi Hendrix died on September 18, 1970 in mysterious conditions but the post-mortem reports showed that the 27 year-old singer died of asphyxiation while intoxicated with barbiturates.
A big fan of The Beatles, a 15-year-old Gaines saw the band perform live in Kansas city which made him buy his first guitar. The lad later went on to become the main guitarist and songwriter of rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd. The 28 year old guitarist, died the unfortunate death in a plane crash on October 20, 1977.
Brian Jones was perhaps one of the most versatile instrumentalist in the history of music. He could play everything equally well ranging from the guitar to the sitar. He infused new sounds in the band's music which led to the rise in the fame of The Rolling Stones. Jones developed a drug habit which rapidly became insidious. Consequently, he was asked to leave the band. One month after having left the band, on July 3, 1969 Jones was found lifeless at the bottom of his swimming pool. He was 27 years old at the time of his death.
Steve Clark was the wild guitarist and brilliant songwriter of the hard rock band Def Leppard. Steve Clark was ranked number 11 by Classic Rock magazine in a list of 100 Wildest Guitarists of all Time. While on a six month music hiatus away from the band, the 30 year-old guitarist overdosed on codeine, alcohol, morphine and Diazepam.
Kurt Cobain was the undisputed ace all-rounder of rock music. He was the lead vocalist, lead guitarist and song-writer of the band Nirvana. His edgy and raspy voice has had many swooning over his songs. Kurt Cobain was talent in a nutshell but suffered from heroin addiction during his final days. He was also diagnosed of bronchitis. Unable to bear the misery of his life anymore, he went into partial exile. On April 5, 1994 Cobain shot himself in the head with a shotgun and ended his gifted, yet traumatic life.