The 27 Club: Five Artists, Musicians Whose Lives Ended At 27

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With the death of British soul singer Amy Winehouse shocking the music world today, we have decided to take a look at singers and musicians who had their lives cut short — most specifically, at the age of 27.

Here is the list:

1. Kurt Cobain

The rock star from Seattle who captured the hearts of many with his singing as the front-man for the legendary band, Nirvana.

He sold 25 million albums in the U.S, and over 50 million world-wide.

During the last years of his life, Cobain struggled with heroin addiction and depression. He died on April 8, 1994 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

2. Jimi Hendrix

The greatest electric-guitarist of all-time, Jimi Hendrix, still stands to this day as one of the most influential musicians in history.

But despite the influence he had on the lives of many with his music, he struggled with an addiction to prescription pills.

The night of his death, September 18,1970, it was reported that he took 9 Vesparax pills.

3. Amy Winehouse

The British born soul singer warmed the hearts of many with her powerful voice and eclectic mix of jazz, soul, and R&B.

The singer struggled with drugs and alcohol after the first few years of her career were absent of those substances, and filled with success.

She died on July 23, 2011. The cause of death is yet unknown, but many speculate it may be drug-related.

4. Jean-Michel Basquiat

Basquiat is an American artist who lives on in the memories of many from the Hip-Hop world to the high-art world.

Basquiat died of a heroin overdose in 1988.

He made his name in New York City with his neo-expressionist paintings.

5. Janis Joplin

Many consider Janis Joplin to be one of the first blue-eyed soul singers. She was known as the “Queen of Psychadelic Soul.”

Joplin used heroin and died October 4, 1970.

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