The 5 Greatest Rock Star Deaths


Live fast and die young. Thus is the credo of rock stars (especially the really dead ones who did just that). Let’s forget Elvis and John Lennon and focus on the rock stars that truly lived the lifestyle. Here are my top picks:



1. Brian Jones

In the swinging 60’s, Brian Jones, one of the founding members of the Rolling Stones, could be considered a bigger party madman than Keith Richards (and that’s quite an accomplishment) On 3 July 1969, Jones was discovered motionless at the bottom of his swimming pool at his home. The coroner’s report stated “Death by misadventure.” No one knows for sure. By coincidence this was a mere 3 weeks after being fired from the Rolling Stones.



2. Jim Morrison

Jim Morrison of the Doors was the Lizard King who ate handfuls of acid like they were M&Ms. Within a course of a few years, he went from looking like a Greek god to an overweight, bearded mall security guard. Then he died in a bathtub in Paris.



3. Kurt Cobain

In the 90’s Cobain was king grunge who sat perched on a big plaid throne. Success made Cobain popular to the type of jocks that picked on him in high school. Unfortunatly a mixture of heroin, valium, guns and Courtney Love did him in, in the end.



4. Keith Moon

Moon was the ultimate, trash-your-hotel-room, drive-the-Rolls Royce-into-the-pool rock star. As the drummer for The Who, Moon would often strip naked in airports or walk around his neighborhood in a Nazi outfit. Living faster than the beat of his drum was too much for him.



5. Sid Vicious

Vicious was the epitome of punk. He couldn’t really play his instrument and he was fucked up on heroin all the time. Sid and Nancy was the classic rock-and-roll tragic love affair, as they spent their days holed up in NY’s Chelsea Hotel. Sid Vicious was the quintessential doomed junkie, who ODed while out on bail when he was charged for the murder of his better half.

Harmon Leon is the author of The American Dream



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  2. soniktruth says:

    Elliott Smith, Jeff Buckley, Hillel Slovak, (honorable mention)

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  4. therealdana says:

    You forgot Janis.

  5. chase says:

    John Bonham… Drank himself silly and then died from choking on his vomit, while passed out… Pretty Rock and Roll to me. Not to mention a better drummer than Moon (peace be with them both).

  6. Leo says:

    Ever heard of Bon Scott?

  7. diocan says:

    Holy Shit!

    you forgot Bon Scott, the greatest and most epic death of rock!

    go back to school and learn something harmoleon

  8. […] Live fast and die young. Thus is the credo of rock stars (especially the really dead ones who did just that). Let’s forget Elvis and John Lennon and focus on the rock stars that truly lived the lifestyle. Here are my top picks. […]

  9. Spike Spiegel says:

    Jimi Hendrix

  10. Phil says:

    Danny Whitten ( Crazy Horse ). After Whitten's death, all of his belongings – which consisted of some clothes and a gold record – fit into a cardboard box.

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  12. John Lawless says:

    You forgot Mick Shrimpton, "Spinal Tap" who died of Spontaneous Combustion. It may have been one of their other drummers. Another one choked on vomit. It turned out to be someone elses vomit but still worth the mention. LOL!

  13. J says:

    thanks for your nominee, John Lawless. I laughed so hard I choked on my drink. :)

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  17. My two cents says:

    Definitely Bonzo. List should be expanded to top 10. Jimi and Layne would then belong.

  18. ben says:

    you forgot Randy Rhoades, Dimebag Darrell, and GG Allin.

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