Today we heard the devastating news that Chris Cornell, lead singer of Soundgarden, tragically hung himself at only age 52. The news comes as a huge shock to music fans all over the world as Chris was known as a talented singer, songwriter and all round gentleman.
The music industry is no stranger to untimely deaths and the news of your biggest musical hero passing away can leave you floored. It’s worth reflecting on some of the other music legends who died before their time.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame describes Jimi Hendrix as “arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music” and it’s certainly difficult to argue with that. Hendrix was an incredible talent on the electric guitar, famously headlining the 1969 Woodstock festival and becoming one of the biggest icons of the 60’s. Hendrix was a serial substance misuser, regularly smoking cannabis, using LSD, amphetamines and alcohol. Hendrix sadly died aged 27 as a result of asphyxia whilst intoxicated. He still remains one of the greatest guitarists to ever live.
Possibly the most influential rapper of all time, Tupac used his music to hit home the issues of violence and racism in 90’s America. His third album, Me Against The World, is considered one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time. Tupac was fatally shot in 1996, aged just 25, after attending a Mike Tyson boxing match in Nevada. Tupac made a huge mark on the hip hop industry and has been noted as an inspiration to such artists as Eminem, Nas and Game.
Amy Winehouse had somewhat of a turbulent career but her talent was never in doubt. With her distinctive Jazz voice, notable stage demeanour and interesting off stage antics, she was the definition of a real rock star. Sadly passing in July 2011 from alcohol poisoning, Amy’s legacy still lives on.
At the height of his career, Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain was a cult hero of the grunge scene and paved the way for the genre to explode throughout the 90’s. Kurt’s heroin addiction and struggle with depression and fame eventually lead him to suicide by shotgun at only age 27. Nirvana’s album, Nevermind continues to be one of the most famous rock albums to this day.
One of the greatest musicians ever, David Bowie only passed away last year from liver cancer only 2 days after releasing his critically acclaimed album, Blackstar. Bowie was the captain of innovation in music, constantly reinventing himself and his music to the surprise and delight of his fans. His back catalogue spawned hundreds of stunning and memorable tracks, from Starman to Under Pressure, his repertoire of hits is unfathomable and will never be forgotten.
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