27 Club or Forever 27 Club or Club 27, is the name given to the group of influential musicians who have died at age 27. While most of their deaths are linked to substance abuse - like the newest member Amy Winehouse - many of them had other psychological issues. Dead at age 27, the ultimate price of fame?
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KURT COBAIN. Died: April 5 1994. Career: Founding member, lead singer, guitarist and songwriter for Nirvana. Cause of death: Cobain was found dead in his home three days after he had committed suicide with a shotgun. A high concentration of heroin and traces of Valium were also found in his body.
AMY WINEHOUSE. Died: July 23 2011. Cause of death: While the postmortem is still underway, sources have named a dodgy Ecstasy pill and a seven day bender as the cause of her death. Read more about Amy's death
JIMI HENDRIX. Died: September 18 1970. Career: Pioneering electric guitarist, singer and songwriter for The Jimi Hendrix Experience and Band of Gypsys. Cause of death: The autopsy showed that Hendrix asphyxiated on vomit after combining sleeping pills and wine. Celebrity tributes flood in for Winehouse
JANIS JOPLIN. Died: October 4 1970. Career: Lead vocalist and songwriter for Big Brother and the Holding Company, The Kozmic Blues Band and Full Tilt Boogie Band. Cause of death: Overdose of heroin. The batch that Joplin used was believed to be much stronger than what she usually took.
JIM MORRISON. Died: July 3 1971. Career: Lead singer, songwriter and video director for The Doors. Cause of death: While no autopsy was performed because the medical examiner saw no evidence for foul play, it is believed that Morrison died of a heroin overdose, despite his death being listed as a result of heart failure. Controversy still surrounds his death.
BRIAN JONES. Died: July 3 1969. Career: Rolling Stones founder and guitarist/multi-instrumentalist. Cause of death: Jones was found dead in his swimming pool, his liver and heart were heavily enlarged by drug and alcohol abuse.
RON MCKERNAN. Died: March 8 1973. Career: Founding member, keyboardist and singer of the Grateful Dead. Cause of death: McKernan died as a result of a Gastrointestinal hemorrhage, brought about by his alcoholism.