“Live Fast, Die Young”
Brian Jones (28 February 1942 – 3 July 1969)
Brian Jones was found on the bottom of the pool at his East Sussex, England home by his girlfriend Anna Wohlin. The coroner reported that his heart and liver were enlarged due to drug and alcohol abuse and listed his official cause of death as “death by misadventure”.
Janis Joplin (January 19, 1943 – October 4, 1970)
Janis Joplin looked older than her young 27 years. This was no doubt due to her hard-living rock and roll lifestyle, which included large amounts of drugs and alcohol. It caught up with her in early October, 1970. The official cause of death is listed as an overdose of heroin.
Jimi Hendrix (November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970)
There is some mystery around Jimi Hendrix’s death in London. He was found dead by his girlfriend when she awoke, and the official reports show that he drown in his own vomit consisting mostly of red wine. It is also said that he had taken nine of his girlfriend’s prescription sleeping pills, which may have led to his inability to awaken and save himself.
Kurt Cobain (February 20, 1967 – April 5, 1994)
On March 30, 1994 Kurt Cobain arrived at a detox center in L.A., inspired by the urging of his family and friends. However, the very next day he jumped the fence and returned to Seattle. Less than two weeks later he would be found dead of a shotgun wound to the head. A suicide note was found by his body.
Jim Morrison (December 8, 1943 – July 3, 1971)
Jim Morrison died in his Paris apartment. No autopsy was performed since under French law it’s not required if the medical examiner finds no evidence of foul play. The most widely held theory is that Morrison snorted a bunch of his girlfriend’s heroin thinking it was cocaine and overdosed.
Otis Redding (September 9, 1941 – December 10, 1967)
Otis Redding was taken from us by yet another tragic airplane crash. His Beechcraft 18 airplane crashed into Lake Manona in Wisconsin on December 10, 1967. Authorities were never able to determine the cause of the crash.
Tupac Shakur (June 16, 1971 – September 13, 1996)
After attending the Mike Tyson / Bruce Seldon boxing match at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Tupac Shakur and his entourage got into an altercation with a known member of the Crips gang. Later that night, as he rode with Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight, a car pulled up next to them and fired about a dozen rounds. Tupac was hit four times and although there was hope he could survive the gunshot wounds (as he had previously) he died a few days later.
Christopher Wallace aka Biggie Smalls (May 21, 1972 – March 9, 1997)
The Notorious B.I.G. was heavily involved with the East Coast-West Coast hip-hop feud of the 1990s. The New York rapper was in L.A. shooting a music video to support the release of the best-selling double album Life After Death when he was gunned down in a drive-by shooting. The murder has not been solved although there are plenty of theories to choose from.
Aaliyah Haughton (January 16, 1979 – August 25, 2001)
The young and talented Aaliyah is yet another musician killed in a plane crash. The investigation showed that the crash, which happened shortly after takeoff in the Bahamas, was due to the plane being loaded past its weight limit and an inexperienced pilot who was not licensed for the aircraft. An autopsy also showed that the pilot had cocaine and alcohol in his system