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The 27 Club: Musicians Who Died at 27

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If You’re A 27-Year-Old Musician, Watch Out

It turns out that one of the most exclusive clubs on the planet might not be one that many aspire to join. The infamous 27 Club is full of musicians who died at the young age of 27. It’s no surprise that the greatest musicians live their lives fast, and often meet tragic or even violent deaths, but the high volume of musicians who died at this fateful age has led people to question if there’s something more to this pattern.

People began taking an interest in the 27 club when musicians Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Jim Morrison all died at age 27 within 24 months of one another. Since then, a number of iconic musicians have met their fate at the same age. So the question must be asked: is this really just a crazy coincidence? Or is there something about the 27th year of life that drives the artistic mind to insanity?

Check out some of the notable deaths from the 27 Club in this gallery, and see for yourself if admittance to this club is coincidence, or conspiracy.

Amy Winehouse

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Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse

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“Rehab.” “Back to Black.” “Tears Dry On Their Own.” “Valery.” Amy Winehouse managed to achieve icon status by being so purely herself, that the world had no choice but to love her. When she came on the music scene with her debut album Frank in 2003, we instantly fell in love with the pop/jazz/blues influences and her full contralto voice. And the beehive, of course.


Amy Winehouse drinking scotch

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They tried to make her go to rehab, but she said no, no, no! Amy Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning the night of July 23, 2011 at 27 years old. Among other things, many recognize that Amy was growing tired of her career toward the end, feeling enslaved by the image that had once come to her so easily, was packaged and sold by the media. Add a complicated relationship with her often-absent man to that, and Amy was a soul weary for this world.