Music stars who died at the age of 27
July 23rd, 2011
02:19 PM ET

Music stars who died at the age of 27

The reported death of troubled singer Amy Winehouse at the age of 27 is a sad reminder of several other musical stars who also passed away at the same age.

Known in pop culture as "The 27 Club," this unfortunate collective of stars remains forever frozen in fans minds at that age, with many of them believed to have had their best work yet ahead of them.

With her death, Winehouse joins the group which includes:

– Blues legend Robert Johnson whose cause of death in 1938 has been disputed.

– Rolling Stones founder Brian Jones who drowned in a swimming pool in 1969.

– Singer Janis Joplin who died of an apparent overdose in 1970.

– Rock legend Jimi Hendrix who died of asphyxiation in 1970.

– The Doors lead singer Jim Morrison who died of reported heart failure.

– Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain who committed suicide in 1994.

A book titled "The 27s: The Greatest Myth of Rock & Roll" documents the deaths.

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  1. NancyRabbit

    If you read the comments you will see there are alot more than the ones listed..really do your homework well before posting. You would think CNN would have had that figured out before posting this!! WTH? Really??

    February 23, 2013 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
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  5. Mike Wicked

    Amy Winehouse was a famous musician who tragically died at the young age of 27....she most certainly deserves to be on the list of the 27 club....Who cares if some people didnt like her music.

    August 26, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Allison

    Yes, death is sad. But she did this to her self. I do not feel bad for her, nor am I surprised at all.

    August 2, 2011 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
  7. Scott

    The legendary Hank Williams Sr died at 29 in his sleep. He had a long life of hard drinking and drug use also. He died while sleeping in the back seat of his car while traveling to a gig. Sad. But this shows you that the human body does not bode well with this behavior. Some folks make it through and grow up while others don't.

    It's an offense to God to treat the body that He created for you and to be self-destructive. Change your behavior before it's too late.

    August 1, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. beachtown77

    What about Bradlley from Sublime!!!!!!!!!! He was 27 and better then Winehouse

    August 1, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jackson

    I hate their time was cut so short, they were all great musicians. Most people refer to them as the Forever 27 instead of the 27 Club.

    July 29, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Angela

    They forgot something else they all had in common: Drugs and alcohol.... lemme pretend to be surprised they all died so young... Wait I think I learned this in elementary school: Drugs will kill you. It's really not that big of a coincidence: Musicians+high pressure lifestyle+drugs and alcohol= DEAD.

    July 29, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mayank Sharma

      Its just that they found the essence of DEATH much pure and gentle then this scary life......full of uncertainities...unlike DEATH which is CERTAIN....

      April 14, 2013 at 4:51 am | Report abuse |
  11. Adrianna

    All rock stars. So sad. Xo

    July 29, 2011 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  12. Cindy

    Dont forget Jeff Buckley!!! He died from drowning at age 27.

    ITA that Amy doesnt deserve to be on this list.

    July 28, 2011 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  13. Paco

    Too bad it couldnt have been that manure eating clapton instead of Hendrix.

    July 27, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  14. hamburger steak

    Hendrix got run down in crosstown traffic.

    July 27, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike Wicked

      Hendrix died of asphyxiation...he drowned in hi own vomit....

      August 26, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  15. AssButter

    Cobain was a punk and deserved to die. Im glad he is dead.


    July 27, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike Wicked

      @ ASSBUTTER : Cobain was called by some as " Great Spokesman Of His Time" as far as im concerned he can even be called a Elvis was the king of rock, Michael Jackson the king of pop....Cobain was the king of grunge!!!

      August 26, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Chris

    Shanon Hoon from Blind Melon – Died of a heroin overdose @ 27

    July 27, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  17. Jeddak

    For her family and friends who are now suffering I offer my condolences. We all have our faults and failures and many times the more creative or talented you are the more you either suffer mentally for it because your brain is just built different than most or the pressures of celebrity are more than they can bear. In any event, to anyone still alive and suffering: hang in there and seek help from anywhere or anyone you can before it's too late.

    July 26, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Tatiana

    You don't care for Jimi Hendrix? If you have a love for music it won't matter what generation you were born in. I feel bad for your kids for not knowing who these people are.

    July 26, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  19. A.D.

    Amy died alone. So sad. RIP, Amy.

    July 25, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Pertnear

    Are you suggesting that Winehouse is to be included and compared to the likes of Hendrix, Joplin, and Morrison? Give me a break – Winehouse was good, but nowhere near reaches the status of these artists. She had one good album and one hit song, even Vanilla Ice accomplished that (well, the one good album is questionable). I'm not happy Winehouse died, but don't compare her to true legends.

    July 25, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  21. ottokbre

    The Måd Råp3r – å is a Swedish character which is an "oh" sound (long O), hence I want to say your handle as "Mode Roper". That is all.

    July 25, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Jo

    Her songs will transcend the week!

    July 25, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  23. mat

    Now if we could only get the rest of you liberals to follow suit. I just don't understand why you consistently bash a man who has never been found in history to have any flaws or grievances. Im not a believer but your hate of somone you don't even believe is astounding. So I finsh by saying F.O.A.D. Im not a christian. I dont have to be nice:P

    July 25, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  24. mrsims

    I never heard of her until now. I certainly don't put her in the same category as the other famous musicians who died at the age of 27.

    July 25, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  25. FakeFaceBookGuy

    Amy Wino's name should not appear on the same page as Hendrix, Joplin or Morrison...or even be spoken in the same breath. THEY had talent and a huge positive impact on the evolution of rock music. Amy Wino is, and will be nothing more than an asterisk at the bottom of the page in the annals of rock.

    July 25, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Pork

    How could you forget Shanon Hoon from Blind Melon??

    July 25, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Bob

    Thank you, thank you for saying the Jimi Hendrix died of asphyxiation. Far too many writers say it was a drug overdoes. Sorry to all those who believe that but had the ambulance crew done their job, Jimi may still be with us today. He was no where near an overdose from a few sleeping pills he took that night.

    July 25, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  28. jblawson

    Heather – if those guys did "anything after they died," this would be a whole different article...

    July 25, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Zekeman

    Most of the 27 club were better after their the older one becomes, the better they were...................

    July 25, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  30. cold slab

    she shouldnt even be listed on the same page as the others jim, janis, robert, kurt....they all contributed to music and left a mark...this chick was a junkie piece of crap who got what she deserved.

    July 25, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Denizen Kate

      Wow. Who are you to judge another person in such a crass manner? Cold slab is an excellent name for you.

      July 26, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  31. phoenix

    the heathen worship false gods in rock stars

    July 25, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Denizen Kate

      Sheesh. There's always some bone head bringing his or her personal beliefs into an unrelated comment thread. What a tool.

      Admiration, adoration, and enthusiasm are not the same thing as worship.

      July 26, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Pat

    The nut who referred to Jesus death 2000 years ago needs to read his bible...He also arose 2000 years ago...But, of course the person has been blinded by God's words and will not ever understand the great gift that was given to those who believe...

    July 25, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Mitch

    Don't forget Pigpen from the Grateful Dead. He also died at 27 years old.

    July 25, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  34. freddy j

    I still find it amazing how many artist who struggle to get out their thier and be herd and taken seriously seem to just flush thier carreers down the crapper. Thier are so many who would love to be out their selling hit records and making a living and have real talent and no drup hang ups. If using drugs is your desire in life, you should not be able to take money from thos who support you to support your drug habit. Everyone that bought her album also helped her buy all the drugs she needed. Its as simple as that. We support those we want to support. Its a tragidy

    July 25, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  35. jo

    anyone else think that she kinda looked like a dude?

    July 25, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  36. joe

    and they were all junkies....funny that.

    July 25, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  37. Joe

    ...and they were all druggies...

    July 25, 2011 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  38. Tony Balony

    Who is Amy Winehouse?????

    July 25, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  39. Conlin

    Pigpen – an early signature voice for the Grateful Dead – also passed away at 27

    July 25, 2011 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  40. Horse

    I have seen her in the news for the past few years now and I still can't tell you a single song she has done. If I have ever heard her music, it was obviously not memorable nor wonderful enough for me to find out who the artist was let alone to seek out her whole body of work.

    July 25, 2011 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  41. boka

    At least the people on this list made good music. Her music sucked, she was ugly AND she died young.

    July 25, 2011 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  42. LRoy

    Some people think Brian Jones was murdered, not drowned (though that was the "official" cause of death). Someday I hope to visit his grave...almost made it last year.

    July 25, 2011 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
  43. dunbarhc

    Even mentioning Amy Whinehouse with these other artists is absolutely absurd! I don't mean to speak poorly of her, but she's not even close to the same class as the others in the 27 Club.

    July 25, 2011 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
  44. Ben

    While I am sorry that she has passed away and feel badly for her family, Hendrix et al were people who were famouse for their talent first and their life style second. The modern media looks to sensationalize and you can't do that without putting someone in a league they don't belong in first.

    July 25, 2011 at 7:26 am | Report abuse |
  45. f s

    do not show the email address ...

    She should not have died because of a screen name ...

    was her mom always a technician of ?

    mothers against drunk driving might be a little upset !

    I kinf of thought a bunch of people might still like alcohol and or drugs !

    just think she might have done other things with her life ...

    five awards ... maybe someone ought to be the acts that red skelton use to have on tv ... wasn't there a drunk or homeless person whom made people laugh LOL !

    gee ... maybe our government ought to be playing rehab to get the drunks out of it ... LOL !

    maybe there should be awards for media that is made without drugs and or alcohol !
    and maybe there should be awards for media that is made with alcohol and or drugs ... an award might be a FREE TRIP to a rehab ...


    July 25, 2011 at 7:09 am | Report abuse |
  46. Lyle

    You forgot Alan Wilson. Alan was the co-founder, singer, key song writer and guitarist of Canned Heat. Best known for On the Road Again and Going Up the Country, it was his vocals and harmonica that lead those songs which are still played and used in commercials and movies today.

    RIP Blind Owl. You are missed.

    July 25, 2011 at 6:59 am | Report abuse |
  47. Nellah

    Addiction is an ugly demon to carry around with you. I know this first hand. And yeah, turning to Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior saved me! It was a decision that so many others can't or don't make .... I decided not to please satan anymore! I am so sorry that Amy Winehouse never got the help she needed.

    July 25, 2011 at 6:32 am | Report abuse |
  48. gabriel.R


    July 25, 2011 at 4:12 am | Report abuse |
  49. TuMadreWey

    Its a shame lives are being lost every day to mindless drug use and alcohol abuse. Its horrible to have to live with a person so far off into the world of drugs. My mother is a junkie who refuses to get treatment and its torn our family apart. Poor Amy was a lost soul who couldnt find her way back may the loved ones she left behind find peace and closure from this nightmare.

    July 25, 2011 at 3:58 am | Report abuse |
  50. 2tpoint

    @Jamie, Um... she had many chances to accept rehab and "overcome her addiction" she just said No, no, no.
    So... she chose her path as many in the list before her chose their paths as well.

    July 25, 2011 at 2:03 am | Report abuse |
  51. @ Heather Scott

    I'm sure your children are doing worse that what these people did to themselves. If they drink and drive i'm sure they do much more. Yea you think your children are perfect little angels

    July 24, 2011 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  52. bubbahu ?

    who cares ?

    July 24, 2011 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Jessica

    Novelty or lounge acts as you stated do not win five grammys

    July 24, 2011 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  54. add one more

    add alan wilson, slide quitar player for 'canned heat' overdose

    July 24, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  55. C. Whitman

    Too bad Hitler, Stalin and W couldn't have died at 27. 37, even.

    July 24, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  56. LizardKing

    You can't compare Winehouse's mediocre talent to those on this list. She at best was a novelty act or maybe a lounge singer. She was a one hot wonder....

    July 24, 2011 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  57. steve

    but all drugs will get you one way or another

    July 24, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Khesanh

    Thought comments were deemed to be about Ms. Winehouse whose tragic death has made many more aware of life. Comparison to others is not really necessary, but informative at least. The religious angle is argumentative in this sense and totally unnecessary.

    July 24, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  59. wings

    I hit a squirrel once with my car and felt really bad afterwards and I even cried. It's sad when animals die. Human on the other hand, who cares. We are all mean and ugly anyway. Animals are cool.

    July 24, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Lukas

    watch the haters now come out in force and take cheap shots at a poor dead girl. Her talent was massive. In time, hopefully the tabloid stuff will be overshadowed by the pure craft of her 2 records. Brilliance. And like many brilliant artists, seemingly tormented. RIP, Miss Winehouse. You were amazing.

    July 24, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Sonny

    Robert Johnson the king of blues should be on here. The founding member of the 27 club

    July 24, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  62. *Passing Angel*

    I pray for Amy and her family and friends, and fans. I also pray for all of you who leave a message rather if you did not like her or you should still show respect to her family. I pray that all of you God and that you keep God in Your hearts at all times. 1Corinthians 13: 1-13 read it live it love it. God bless all of you!

    July 24, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  63. @not superhiro

    And you are just a loser with no life rubbing one out bc you have no gf and posting stupid remarks on a blog! Get a life sh!t for brains at least J.M. had one unlike you sitting and stroking one out in your mama's basement.

    July 24, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Jinx

    Let's not forget Bradley Nowell of Sublime who was barely 28 and wonderfully talented.

    July 24, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  65. hippiesmile71

    The fact that they were all 27 makes it tragic, regardless of how they died. THEY WERE PEOPLE. THEY WERE TALENTED & YOUNG WHEN THEY DIED. They deserve a little respect. If they had lived, maybe they could have had a chance to overcome their demons.

    July 24, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  66. bikechef

    What does Jesus have to do with the price of tea in China>

    July 24, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  67. hippiesmile71

    She was 27 years old! She was so young! Some of you are talking like she was a squirrel you hit with your car...except with less compassion! Regardless of your personal feelings, have some respect for a human life! I pray for her family!

    July 24, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  68. David

    Mia Zapata of The Gits should be mentioned in the "27 Club" list, although she wasn't weak like Winehouse, Cobain, Morrison, Hendrix, or Joplin. She didn't need drugs to deal with pain. I'd say her murder is far more tragic than the deaths of these others.

    July 24, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  69. vm

    NEWSFLASH DOC BROWN! Jesus isn't dead!!!!!

    July 24, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  70. not superhiro

    lol jim morrison is an overrated pos drunk the modern day equivalent is that lead singer jagoff in the band creed, jim morrison`s name on this list is the embarrassment

    July 24, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • nate

      You sir have no taste what so ever. Not only was he a great artist he was a great poet. And to me the greatest "rocker that ever lived

      July 25, 2011 at 2:30 am | Report abuse |
  71. Samantha

    some of you people are pathetic a human life has been matter what mistakes ms. amy made she was someone's daughter, sister, aunt, friend and family member...she also had incredible talent..may she rest in peace and my sympathy goes to her parents and family as well as her friends and fans..R.I.H. MS. AMY WINEHOUSE

    July 24, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  72. atticus17


    July 24, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Anthony

    We should get it straight that she was a British musical star. Hardly a world wide talent. All she will be remembered as is an addict who's personal problems outweighed her musical talent. She is a one hit wonder who's 15 minutes of fame were expanded because of her additcions. No big loss. Never did anything for anyone but herself.

    July 24, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  74. coletrickle

    DOC BROWN, in case you didnt know, the Bible says that Jesus did in fact die. But then rose from the dead and accended into Heaven as a living being.

    July 24, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • kosh

      yes, and the easter bunny poops easter eggs, Santa delivers toys to billions of children in one night, and the debt ceiling crisis will be resolved by August 2nd by a bunch thieving, lying politicians.

      July 29, 2011 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Jeff

    Too bad there isn't a book on how to survive being a celebrity. How many have died young? I really did not like Amy Winehouse's music. Some may wonder about John Belushi or Chris Farley. Were they talented? Maybe, maybe not. Jimi, Janis and Morrison died when I was four years old. All of them will be in their 60's if alive today. Would Elvis be touring at 76 if he were around? Buddy Holly would have been 75 in September. Billie Holiday died at 44. She had talent.

    July 24, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  76. TheLeftCoast

    In astrology, the Saturn Return occurs in the late 20s ~ sometimes excruciating.

    July 24, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Joe

    What did she have 3 hit songs? And people are trying to compare her to other people who had so much more talent? Doesn't make sense. She is not in the same category.

    July 24, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  78. donkey smokey

    Winehouse had no talent so please don't insult the likes of Cobain, Hendrix, and Morrison by putting her in the same category.

    July 24, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  79. mtk

    A few years ago I wrote a list of members of the so-called "27 Club"... It includes a few more obscure names.

    July 24, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  80. charlie crack

    Ooooh @n not bein cool huh? Let em' make it if they wana be good...don't be hateful yall...not a blog meant for hate....some others "ok" but try and be nice on this one....

    July 24, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  81. charlie crack

    @mad- LMAO!! (you're a trip bro)

    July 24, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  82. @charliecrack

    To bad @n isn't a member of this club.

    July 24, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Al

    Is it significant that 27 years (plus a little more) is also 10,000 days?

    July 24, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  84. ddwightb

    This women should not be mentioned in the same breath as the others. There were plenty of people who lost their lives yesterday that are more worthy of our attention.

    July 24, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  85. Law

    ok she may have died at 27 but she was far from the Legends that died at the age of 27...Janis, Jim, Jimmy, kurt....She far from deserves to be bunched up in the 27 club with them....

    July 24, 2011 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
  86. @Aaron

    If Doc. Brown's comment was the best ever you have read, you need to get out more. Wow your comment makes you look like your life is spent in a bubble. Please shoot yourself you sad person

    July 24, 2011 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
  87. ????????

    The writer has HEART failure NOT HEAT failure. Where are you idiots read heat failure? @arron and doc brown, you both suck. Too bad it wasn't you non belivers of Christ that didn't died instead. You both are a waste of space walking on earth.

    July 24, 2011 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |
  88. Bill

    Please stop associating Amy Crackhouse with some of the greatest musical talents that ever lived. Just to mention her name in the same sentence as Jim Morrison or Jim Hendrix or Janis Joplin is a crime. He music will not llive on like theirs has and there is no comparison. Generation or no generation.

    July 24, 2011 at 7:34 am | Report abuse |
  89. peanut

    bradly nowell should be on the list

    July 24, 2011 at 7:15 am | Report abuse |
  90. jimmy

    She was 27, that's about the only thing she had in common with that group.

    July 24, 2011 at 5:45 am | Report abuse |
  91. homer

    You gorgot these.

    July 24, 2011 at 4:45 am | Report abuse |
  92. Marcia

    Shanon Cook made a very unrealistic comment about the "27 Club"..maybe they were burnt out from all the touring...blah, blah, blah...How about all the DRUGS and ALCOHOL?? THERE is the real truth. Might want to actually start reporting that bit of reality.

    July 24, 2011 at 4:39 am | Report abuse |
  93. Syndramise

    Amy Winehouse's age at her time of death and her history of substance abuse are pretty much the only characteristics she has in common with any of of the rock legends she's lumped together with in the above article. Nothing against her, but to list her among barrier-breakers, genre pioneers, and musicians who are still larger than life and impacting the scene decades after their deaths is really rather sickening.

    July 24, 2011 at 3:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Heather Scott

      I hate to be the one to break it to you but those guys didn't do anything after they died. To be honest she SHOULD be on the list. She had incredible talent and had more than one hit both in the States and the UK. I myself never cared for most if the above mentioned, and my children will give you a dumb stare if you ask who any of them are except Cobain and Winehouse. So thankfully your opinion doesn't count as to who is on the list.

      July 24, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Rockin Morroccan

    Shannon Hoon of Blind Melon dead at 27 from cocaine and heroin OD – to be added to the list....

    July 23, 2011 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  95. JBK

    Dislike the 27 club concept....It's macabre, trivializes the losses and disrespects their memory ...

    July 23, 2011 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Brian

    Some people say taking drugs is a form of suicide, but none of those on this list that died of drug overdoses meant to O.D. To me, Cobain doesn't belong on that list because of the fact that he committed suicide. I think one of the reasons he did it at 27 was simply because he so badly wanted to make this list. Don't give him the satisfaction.

    July 23, 2011 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  97. john

    Media should stop idolizing the "27 club" and start focusing on what they all had in common and what killed them all. horrible DRUG ADDICTIONS.

    July 23, 2011 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  98. ledzeppelinsux

    Another dead rock star. The best thing for a famous entertainer's career is for them to die.

    July 23, 2011 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Jd

    Her name does not belong nor fit amongst the rest of the 27 club!

    July 23, 2011 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  100. Aaron

    Doc Brown made the best comment ever.

    July 23, 2011 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  101. Maritza

    i had a feeling that was going to happen to her sooner or later just hoped it would have been much later..sad

    July 23, 2011 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  102. Mike

    winehouse in the 27 club? hahahahahahaha i dont think so lets see we have Cobain, Joplin, Hendrix, Morrison and Jones and than you want to add winehouse to those legends of music hahahaha Music is truly dead it died when Cobain died

    July 23, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  103. charlie crack

    @yiff- that's funny! Chakras needin' a little alignment...

    July 23, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  104. Golyadkin

    Amy Winehouse does NOT deserve to be on that list. Everyone else there had talent.

    July 23, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  105. charlie crack

    Hey @BV & @ms fernace & @mad...hope you're all well....have a good w/ good

    July 23, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  106. teresa, ohio

    RIP Amy.... what a great talent. My condolences to her family, friends, and coworkers.

    I wish someone had been appointed some sort of conservator over her a couple years ago for her own good.
    She obvisouly was not capable of making health decisions for herself.

    July 23, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  107. Aaron L.

    I'm sorry, but comparing her to Joplin, Cobain, and Hendrix is just a slap in the face to their legacy.

    July 23, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jamie

      Different generations have different stars. She could've been bigger than them if she had a chance to overcome her addiction.

      July 23, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  108. Beautiful Vixen

    Lmao..@Robert. I'm sure Jesus was laughing at that one also. You do know we all have to die one day, right?

    July 23, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  109. CalgarySandy

    "27 Club" is one of the most offensive things CNN has come up with. I am an old hippy. I saw some of these people. I pay attention and have a son who pays close attention to popular culture and no adult refers to these deaths as the "27 Club" What does CNN do, come up with this garbage and then pretend they heard it elsewhere.

    July 23, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Elle F

      I see your point about it being tasteless but CNN did not make it up. There's a lot of other articles on the subject and a Wikipedia page as well.

      July 25, 2011 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
    • ereljo

      Um... CNN did not coint the phrase "27 club"... This has been around for years. Not offensive, just a sad coincidence...

      July 31, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  110. charlie crack

    I agree w/ @ms fernace...have some class...her family is hurting and some wish to spew that "you dont care" and other negativity....let her rest in peace

    July 23, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  111. fernace

    All those who insist on writing derrogatory statements about some1 who is dead, I feel sorry for you! You obviously have issues, are full of anger & can't consider how her family must feel now! Her fans are also devastated! Go away & let the mourning grieve!!

    July 23, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  112. Montecore

    Brian was murdered in his pool by Frank Thorogood who admitted it on his deathbed. Still, he was incredibly talented and so adorable!

    July 23, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  113. dawn01

    try that http://www.SUPERSONIC.US.COM

    July 23, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  114. Kevin

    I just turned 28 and Amy obviously was born in my year of 1983. Too bad for her that she didn't live to 28, too. I mean, I don't hate or love her, as she never hurt me (hence no hate) or help me (hence no love.)

    July 23, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  115. Andrew

    Is it coincidence that there are 27 comments before I posted this?

    July 23, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  116. Tonks

    RIP Amy. I hope you've found peace. Just know, people will miss you. Despite what you went thru, you were still admired.

    July 23, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  117. T. Money

    Since when has this POS ever been in the same company with any of the others mentioned?

    July 23, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  118. Bll

    Amy who ?

    July 23, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  119. Lizard King

    Last time I checked, Morrison died of heart failure, not heat failure. CNN – you are a joke. It's the Lizard King. Get it write – I mean right. I mean correct. RIP Amy. We will miss your beautiful voice. ~ Jim

    July 23, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  120. wilson

    Cool club, but membership is a killer.

    July 23, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  121. michael

    shes not fit for the 27 club. she sucks. her name shouldnt even be mentioned in the same article as hendrix or brian jones.

    July 23, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  122. Lvit2Bieber

    My heart goes out to her parents and family, how sad to watch your child self destruct. She was an incredibly talented woman that was far too young to die, I pray she finds the peace beyond that she could not find here.

    July 23, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  123. W

    "heart failure" not "heat failure."

    July 23, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  124. jc

    She doesn't deserve to be in this club.

    July 23, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  125. Stevestevens

    Get this junk off the front page. Seriously CNN, terror in Norway, debt catastrophe in the USA, starvation in Somalia, and we're focusing on this wreck of a human being who was asking for this all along? Really?

    July 23, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  126. DENNA

    R.I.P. Amy. No matter what demons you faced in this life, may your spirit find eternal peace. My sympathies to the Winehouse family.

    July 23, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  127. Holly

    Heat Failure?

    July 23, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  128. rafa

    What a shame. great musician

    July 23, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  129. T.

    jim morrison froze to death?

    July 23, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  130. Andy

    Courtney Love had Kurt murdered.

    July 23, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  131. The Selfish Meme

    Jimi was murdered, stolen from, evil all around him. Jim Morrison pulled and surrounded by darkness. Janis the same. Brian, surrounded by envy, and who knows, envy and jealousy at a soul stirring talent like Robert Johnson, may have been behind his death, evil all around them. Now Amy. True tragedies.

    When Cobain died he did it at his own hand. He stood for nothing, who was envy of that?

    Aside from that, talent is a magnet for envy, soft shoe shufflers, who want to see you fail or even perhaps see you hurt. I'm not saying "talented" people are above or special, but when you have talent, you can't help using it, it flows from you.

    Could Amy have been a victim of such energies around her? Ultimately its her responsibility, but why didn't anyone do more? So much we don't know behind the scenes.

    July 23, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • ¥Î₣₣

      You need to align your chakras or something because you're not making sense.

      July 23, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • huh??

      wow,are you just typiing to hear yourself type? haha Geez fool why bash Kurt Cobain? By seveal responses here many think he may have been murdered, and if the poor man did take his own life how is that so different than those that overdosed themselves? Quit judging! All of these people are gone before their time, they were already big or well on their way and had mega talent. No need to judge those that are not here to defend themselves, better to simply say what a shame they are gone and we will hear no more from them.

      August 2, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  132. Robert

    it looks like fame and fortune can destroy your life, if they only knew jesus this wouldnt of happen

    July 23, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Måd Råp3r

      Because no one christian has ever OD'd. My eyes just rolled straight out of their sockets.

      July 23, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doc Brown

      What does Jesus have to do with anything? He died 2000 years ago, right? Pretty sure dead people aren't helping anyone.

      July 23, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      What does Jesus have to do with his comment? Because living based on Christ's teachings, a person is more apt to NOT do drugs or to become an alcholic, and will more often than not sustain from lifestyles that are destructive. No one is saying that Christians don't do this but they are more likely to not do this because of the change in heart and behavior.

      I believe that Amy began to grow up and wanted to change but unfortunately, it was not meant to be and she was not given this chance.

      August 1, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Questioner

      To Robert and Scott-Amy Winehouse was Jewish. Unless you want to get into a debate about Jews accepting Jesus (and I know you don't, so let's not go there), please drop it.

      August 4, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  133. CeeFoR

    Jim Morrison died of heat failure? Can we get Dr. Sanjay Gupta to comment on this?

    July 23, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  134. hillman

    who cares jus another celb that thought she could get away with anything serves her right

    July 23, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Denizen Kate

      @hillman, that is both mean and stupid, a very bad combination. Who are you to judge?

      July 26, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  135. NS


    July 23, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  136. Andy JOnes

    Kurt Cobain was murdered by Courtney Love.

    July 23, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  137. Hiro

    Typo. You mean that Jim Morrison died of heart failure, not heat failure. That's not as tragi-romantic, dying due to faulty air conditioning.

    July 23, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  138. NooYawkah

    Jimi Hendrix was 29 and 2 months from his 30th birthday when he died. It's long been established that he lied about his age because, as anyone old enough to remember can tell you, 30 was a magic number back then. Don't trust anyone over 30, etc.

    July 23, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  139. Tony MaNiel

    Kurt Cobain's should say "Murdered at the age of 27".

    July 23, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • ohjeezus

      Yes!!! I wonder if Kristen from Hole and El Duce were 27 when Courtney had them murdered? Maybe there should be a list for those who were killed for/by that waste-case.

      August 3, 2011 at 6:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Dana

      Correct!!! Kurt was murdered... It was proven that at the time of his death, that the amount of heroin in his body and his body weight, he would not be able to lift the shotgun to shoot himself in the mouth. Kurt Cobain and his music live on as the many of the others (Hendrix, Joplin, Morrison). Not quite sure if Amy Whinehouse made much of an impact on the music world at all. She is more famous for her husbands drug issue andher own drug and alcohol issues. The others mentioned earlier are famous for thier music and they also had drug or alcohol issues.

      August 3, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • JesusLungRumbleFish

      Dana, you are an imbecile.

      August 3, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Questioner

      Wow-there's some conspiracy-mongering people here on CNN today, aren't they? And I here I thought this teenybopper obsession with hating Courtney Love would have died when people became adults. Apparently not.

      August 4, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  140. Kyle

    That's coincidental that she's 27. Don't include her in this mix though. Those were influential musicians and have stood the test of time despite their short musical careers. She had one song people knew. She's known for her screw ups rather than her music.

    July 23, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Agreed89

      Agreed , she hasnt had any influence compared to the list above.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • raven

      She doesn't deserve to be on this list at all.

      July 28, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Redhead

      You have clearly not listened to her music. She has many incredible songs and definitely deserves to be on this list. The other artists on the 27 list had problems that they are known for as well as their music.

      July 29, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • ereljo

      The 27 club is not about tallent (although most were insanely tallented at the time of their death). It's about being a famous musician & dying before their time (coincidentally at the age of 27). I'm sure there are people who don't like Jimmi's music or Janis' music etc... but that's not the point.. I have never been a fan of Amy's music but who are you to critique her skills? Regardless, it's a sad story & her family is grieving...

      July 31, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • michel

      I totally agree with this. All she's known for is her use of drugs and alcohol, not for her great influence in music.

      August 1, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Questioner

      Kyle-please don't project your ignorance onto anyone else. Winehouse was a well-respected R&B singer in her native Britain, even by legendary soul and classic rock artists. And she was a darn good vocalist (minus AutoTune), which is sorely missing from mainstream pop these days. Most of the American public only knows about her bad girl image and her one stateside hit single.

      As someone who actually understands the history of Western popular music-from ragtime to hip hop-I'd appreciate it if you keep your rudeness and disrespect to yourself.

      August 4, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • squirrel

      I totally agree, I was thinking the exact same thing.

      August 5, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  141. Grammer

    – The Doors lead singer Jim Morrison who died of reported heat failure.

    should read heart failure

    July 23, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  142. Hjdttt

    Jim Morrison. Heart failure not heat failure v

    July 23, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |

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