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The 27 Club: Musicians Who Died at 27

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Amy Winehouse

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Amy’s music continues to play on radio stations around the world for its timeless sound and uncontrived, relatable lyrics. In 2008, she won five Grammies for her work on Back to Black, breaking multiple records at the time. In 2015, a documentary on Amy’s life, Amy, became one of the most successful documentary box office releases of all time and was nominated for an Oscar—testament to our enduring fascination with Winehouse.

Kurt Cobain

Kurt Cobain fan art

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Kurt Cobain was the leading man of Nirvana, the epitome of ’90s rock. Nirvana started out as an unknown band in Seattle, riding the local grunge scene until the buzz about their first album, Bleach, won them a major contract with record label DGC. Once “Smells Like Teen Spirit” came out, there was no turning back for young Kurt and the boys.


Seattle house where Kurt Cobain died

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The pressure of mainstream fame and battling drug addiction in the limelight proved to be fatal for Kurt. An electrician discovered Cobain’s body on April 8th, 1994. The electrician thought Cobain was asleep at first until he saw a shotgun and suicide note penned to Kurt’s childhood imaginary friend “Boddah” that explained how he hadn’t “felt the excitement of listening to as well as creating music, along with really writing… for too many years now.” High levels of both heroine and diazepam were found in his system. At the time, he was 27.