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August 13, 2011  | by: Svenja van den Woldenberg

Amy Winehouse

In a world of alcohol, drugs, accidents and suicides, being a rock star is not necessarily as easy as it looks. In the wake of Amy Winehouse’s death, we are reminded that many stars passed before her, and unless major changes occur, many will pass after her.

Rolling Stone put together a list of rockers that went too soon, the first is Winehouse. She is followed by Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones, who was found drowned in his swimming pool in 1969, in what the coroner called “death by misadventure.” The next is Janis Joplin who fell victim to a heroin overdose in 1970. Joplin is joined by Jimi Hendrix, who also died in 1970, merely a month before Joplin, because he mixed wine with a sleeping pill and asphyxiated on his own vomit.

Just nine months later, Jim Morrison of The Doors passed away after what many people suspect was also a heroine overdose but an autopsy was never preformed. His death was exactly two years after Jones’ and all of them died at the age of 27. Kurt Cobain of Nirvana also fell victim to the 27 year curse, he committed suicide in 1994 with a shotgun.

John Lennon

The list goes on and on with others such as John Lennon, who was shot four times by a gunman and Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys who drowned after drinking all day. Whether 27 or 40 years old, all are still missed in the musical world today. Their memories may fade, but their music has withstood the struggles they could not.

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