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List of Rock Star Deaths, Dates and Causes, 1950s to 2010s



Here's the full list of rock stars, their causes of death, and the dates they died, to the month. It's well worth a look, to learn just how violent and dramatic the rock 'n' roll lifestyle truly is.

Murders, Misadventures, Suicides

Johnny Ace (25), original R&B singer, killed in a shooting accident in December, 1954.

Stu Sutcliffe (21), original Beatles member, kicked to death in April, 1962.

Sam Cooke (33), shot to death, December 11, 1964.

Harry Womack (28), stabbed to death, March 1974.

Al Jackson Jr. of Booker T. & the M.G.'s (39), shot to death, December, 1975.

Terry Kath of Chicago (31), accidentally shot himself, January 1978.

Sid Vicious 21 Feb. '79 Heroin OD.

John Lennon (40), shot to death, December, 1980.

Bob Marley (33), assassinated by the CIA, April, 1981.

Chuck Wagon of The Dickies (25), died in hospital after shooting himself in the head with a .22 rifle June, 1981.

Felix Pappalardi (43), a musician with Cream, shot by his wife, April, 1983.

Tom Evans of Badfinger (36), hung himself, November, 1983.

Marvin Gaye (44), shot to death by his father, April, 1984.

Carlton Barrett of The Wailers (36), shot to death, Apr. 1987.

Gary Driscoll of Rainbow (36), drug-related murder, April, 1987.

Peter Tosh (42), shot to death, September, 1987.

Paul Jeffreys of Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel (36). Killed in the Lockerbie bombing of Pan Am 103, December, 1988.

Del Shannon (55), shot himself to death, February, 1990.

Steve Marriott (44) April, 1991. Killed in a fire.

Mia Zapata of Seattle band, The Gits (27). Beaten and strangled to death, July, 1993.

Kurt Cobain (27), shot himself to death, April, 1994.

Selena (23), shot to death by the president of her fan club, Yolanda Saldívar, March, 1995.

Tupac Shakur (25), September, 1996. Murdered by gunshot.

Biggie Smalls (24), March, 1997. Murdered by gunshot.

Wendy O. Williams of the Plasmatics (48). Shot herself to death, April, 1998.



Roger Troutman (47), April, 1999. Shot to death by his own brother.

Larry Troutman (54), April, 1999. Shot himself after killing his brother.

Adrian Borland of punk band, The Sound (41), April, 1999. Threw himself under a train.

Screaming Lord Sutch (58), June, 1999. Hanged himself.

Stuart Adamson of Big Country (43). Suicide by hanging, December, 2001.

Jon Lee of Feeder (33). Hanged himself with a metal dog chain, January, 2002.

Jam Master Jay (37). Shot to death, October, 2002.

"Dimebag" Darrell Abbott of Pantera and Damageplan (38). Shot to death during a live performance, December, 2004.

Alex Soria of Canadian punk band, The Nils (38). Jumped in front of a train, December, 2004.

Paul Hester of Crowded House (46). Suicide by hanging, March, 2005.

Bryan Harvey of House of Freaks (49). Murdered with his family during a home invasion, January, 2006.

Vince Welnick of the Tubes and Grateful Dead (55). Committed suicide by falling on a sword, Hari Kari style. June, 2006.

Brad Delp of Boston (55). Suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning, March, 2007

Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse (48). Shot himself, March, 2010.

Don Cornelius of Soul Train (75). Shot himself, February, 2012.

Tommy Marth of The Killers (33). Shot himself, April, 2012.

Bob Welch of Fleetwood Mac (66). Shot himself, June 2012.

 

Complete List

Here's the full list with details of cause of death for each:

Danny Cedrone 33 June. '54, Broken neck, fell downstairs. 

Johnny Ace 25 Dec. '54, Shooting accident.

Buddy Holly 22/Big Boppper 28/Ritchie Valens 17 Plane crash Feb. '59. 

Eddie Cochran 21 Apr. '60, Road accident. 

Stu Sutcliffe 21 Apr. '62, Kicked to death. 

Patsy Cline 30 Mar. '63 Plane crash.

Dinah Washington 39 December 14, 1963 Accidental overdose.

Sam Cooke 33 December 11, 1964 Shot to death.

Johnny Kidd 30 Oct. '66 Car crash.

Otis Redding 26 Dec. '67 Plane crash.

Frankie Lymon 25 Feb. '68 Heroin OD.

Brian Jones 27 July. '69 Drowned.

Jimi Hendrix 27 Sep. '70 Asphyxiation on vomit.

Janis Joplin 27 Oct. '70 Heroin OD.

Jim Morrison 27 July. '71 Heart failure.

Duane Allman 24 Oct. '71 Motorcycle accident.

Berry Oakley 24 Nov. '72 Motorcycle accident.

Gram Parsons 26 Sep. '73 Morphine/alcohol OD.

Jim Croce 30 Sep. '73 Plane crash.

John Rostill 31 Nov. '73 Electrocuted by guitar.

Mama Cass Elliot 34 July. '74 Heart failure.

Harry Womack 28 Mar. '74 Stabbed to death.

Nick Drake 26 Nov. '74 OD.

Al Jackson Jr. 39 Dec. '75 Shot.

Gary Thain 27 Dec. '75 Heroin OD.

Paul Kossof 25 Mar. '76 Drug-related heart attack on NY-LA flight.

Keith Relf 33 May. '76 Electrocuted by guitar.

Peter Laughner 24 June. '77 Alcohol and drug abuse.

Elvis Presley 42 Aug. '77 Heart attack from drug abuse and overreating.

Marc Bolan 29 Sep. '77 Car accident.

Steve Gaines 28/Ronnie Van Sant 29/Cassie Gaines 29 Oct. '77 Plane crash.

Terry Kath 31 Jan. '78 Accidentally shot himself.

Keith Moon 32 Sep. '78 Heminevrin OD.

Sid Vicious 21 Feb. '79 Heroin OD.

Jimmy McCulloch 26 Sep. '79 Heroin OD.

Bon Scott 33 Feb. '80 Alcohol poisoning.

Ian Curtis 23 May. '80 Suicide by hanging.

Malcolm Owen 25 Heroin OD.

Keith Godchaux 32 July. '80 Automobile accident.

John Bonham 32 Sep. '80 Asphyxiation on vomit.

Steve Peregrin Took 31 Oct. '80 Asphyxiation after inhaling a cocktail cherry.

John Lennon 40 Dec. '80 Shot to death.

Mike Bloomfield 37 Feb. '81 Heroin OD.

Steve Currie 33 Apr. '81 Car crash.

Bob Marley 33 Apr. '81 Assassinated by the CIA.

Chuck Wagon 25 June. '81 Died in hospital after shooting himself in the head with 22 rifle.

Randy Rhoads 25 Mar. '82 Plane crash.

Lester Bangs 33 Apr. '82 Darvon and valium OD.

James Honeyman-Scott 25 June. '82 Cocaine-induced heart failure.

Karen Carpenter 32 February. '83 Heart attack due to anorexia.

Pete Farndon 30 Apr. '83 Heroin OD.

Felix Pappalardi 43 Apr. '83 Shot by his wife.

James Jamerson 47 August. '83 Cirrhosis, heart failure and pneumonia.

Tom Evans 36 Nov. '83 Suicide.

Dennis Wilson 39 Dec. '83 Accidental drowning.

Jackie Wilson 49 Jan. '84 On stage heart attack led to brain damage and 10-year come then death.

Marvin Gaye 44 Apr. '84 Shot to death.

David Byron 38 Feb. '85 Alcohol-induced complications

Ricky Wilson 32 Oct. '85 Complications due to AIDS.

Ian Stewart 47 Dec. '85 Heart attack.

Ricky Nelson 45 Dec. '85 Plane crash.

Phil Lynott 45 Jan. '86 Heart failure/pneumonia due to drugs and alcohol.

Cliff Burton Sep. '86 Bus accident.

Carlton Barrett 36 Apr. '87 Shot to death.

Gary Driscoll 36 Apr. '87 Murdered.

Philip Charles "Snakefinger" Lithman 38 July. '87 Heart attack on stage.

Peter Tosh 42 Sep. '87 Shot to death.

Andy Gibb 30 Mar. '88 Myocarditis and cocaine addiction.

Hillel Slovak 26 June. '88 Speedball OD.

Nico 49 July. '88 Killed in bicycle accident.

Paul Jeffreys 36 Dec. '88 Killed in the Lockerbie bombing of Pan Am 103.

Pete de Freitas 28 June. '89 Motorcycle accident.

Del Shannon 55 Feb. '90 Suicide, shot himself.

Johnnie Ray 63 Feb. '90 Liver failure due to alcoholism.

Brent Mydland 37 Jul. '90 Speedball OD.

Stevie Ray Vaughan 35 Aug. '90 Helicopter crash. 

Steve Clark 30 Jan. '91 Alcohol and drug OD.

Steve Marriott 44 Apr. '91 Killed in a fire.

Johnny Thunders 38 Apr. '91 Drugs.

David Ruffin 50 June. '91 Cocaine OD.

Ole Beich 36 Oct. '91 Drowned.

Bill Graham 60 Oct. '91 Helicopter crash.

Freddie Mercury 45 Nov. '91 AIDS.

Albert King 69 Dec. '92 Heart attack.

GG Allin 36 June. '93 Heroin OD.

Mia Zapata 27 July. '93 Murdered.

Jerry Edmonton 47 Nov. '93 Car Crash.

Ray Gillen 34 Dec. '93 AIDS.

Kurt Cobain 27 Apr. '94 Shotgun suicide.

Kristen Pfaff 27 June. '94 Heroin OD.

Eazy-E 31 Mar. '95 AIDS.

Selena 23 Mar. '95 Shot to death.

Shannon Hoon 28 Oct. '95 Cocaine OD.

Kevin Gilbert 29 May. '96 Autoerotic strangulation.

Bradley Nowell 28 May. '96 Heroin OD. 

Jonathan Melvoin 34 July. '96 Heroin OD.

Tupac Shakur 25 Sept. '96 Murdered.

Biggie Smalls 24 Mar. '97 Murdered.

John Denver 53 Oct. '97 Plane crash.

Michael Hutchence 37 Nov. '97 Accidental Strangulation.

Kurt Winter 51 Dec. '97 Drug-induced kidney failure.

Sonny Bono 62 Jan. '98 Skiing accident.

Cozy Powell 50 Apr. '98 Car crash.

Wendy O. Williams 48 Apr. '98 Shot herself.

Roger Troutman 47 Apr. '99 Murdered by his own brother.

Larry Troutman 54 Apr. '99 Committed suicide after killing his brother.

Adrian Borland 41 Apr. '99 Threw himself under a train.

Eddie Kurdziel 38 June. '99 Drug OD.

Screaming Lord Sutch 58 June. '99 Hanged himself.

Mark Sandman 46 July. '99 Heart attack during live performance.

Bobby Sheehan 31 August. '99 Drug OD.

Alan Caddy 60 August 2000 Alcoholism.

Allen Woody 44 August 2000 Heroin OD.

Kirsty MacColl 41 Dec 2000 Speedboat Accident.

Aaliyah 22 August. '01 Plane crash.

Stuart Adamson 43 Dec. '01 Suicide by hanging.

Zac Foley 31 Jan. '02 Drug OD

Jon Lee 33 Jan. '02 Hanged himself.

Layne Staley 34 Apr. '02 Speedball OD.

Dee Dee Ramone 50 June. '02 Heroin OD.

John Entwistle 57 June. '02 Cocaine-induced heart attack.

Jam Master Jay 37 Oct. '02 Murdered.

Mickey Finn 55 Jan. '03 Alcoholism.

Howie Epstein 47 Feb. '03 Drug Abuse.

Jeremy Michael Ward 27 May. '03 Heroin OD.

Bobby Hatfield 63 Nov. '03 Cocaine-induced heart attack.

Dimebag Darrell 38 Dec. '04 Shot dead during live performance.

Alex Soria 38 Dec. '04 Jumped in front of a train.

Paul Hester 46 Mar. '05 Suicide by hanging.

Bryan Harvey 49 Jan. '06 Murdered with his family during a home invasion.

Martin Gilks 41 Apr. '06 Motorcycle accident.

June Pointer 64 Apr. '06 Alcohol and drug abuse.

Vince Welnick 55 June. '06 Committed suicide by falling on a sword, Hari Kari style.

Brent Liles 43 Jan. '07 Run over by a truck.

Brad Delp 55 Mar. '07 Suicide by Carbon monoxide poisoning.

Kevin DuBrow 52 Nov. '07 Accidental cocaine OD.

Gidget Gein 39 Oct. '08 Heroin OD.

James Owen Sullivan 28 Dec. '09 Drugs.

Jay Reatard 29 Jan. '10 Cocaine and alcohol poisoning.

Mark Linkous 48 Mar. '10 Shot himself.

Paul Gray 38 May. '10 Accidental OD.

Mike Edwards 62 Sept. '10 Car accident.

Amy Winehouse 27 July 2011 Alcohol poisoning.

Don Cornelius 75 Feb. '12 Shot himself.

Whitney Houston 48 Feb. '12 Accidental OD.

Greg Ham 58 Apr. '12 Possible heroin OD.

Tommy Marth Apr. '12 Shot himself.

Bob Welch 66 June. '12 Shot himself.

Joey Covington June. '13 Car accident.