40 musicians that died before 40

1 Gram Parsons country singer/songwriter (26 p drug-related heat failure)
2 Sandy Denny folk singer (31 fell down stairs)
3 Jimi Hendrix guitarist (27 p overdose)
4 Tammi Terrell soul singer (23 brain tumour)
5 Tupac Shakur – soul / rap singer (25 p murder)
6 John Bonham Led Zeppelin drummer (32 p alcohol poisoning)
7 Patsy Cline country singer (30 plane crash)
8 Duane Allman guitarist (24 – road accident)
9 Karen Carpenter singer (32 eating disorder)
10 Kurt Cobain Nirvana singer/songwriter (27 p suicide)
11 Jim Reeves country singer (39 plane crash)
12 Bob Marley singer/songwriter (36 – cancer)
13 Buddy Holly songwriter (22 plane crash)
14 Minnie Riperton soul singer (31 – cancer)
15 Brian Jones Rolling Stones founder (27 – drowned, p murder)
16 Sam Cooke soul singer (29 shot dead)
17 Blind Lemon Jefferson blues guitarist (33 – heart attack)
18 Ian Curtis Joy Division singer/songwriter (23 – suicide)
19 Gene Vincent rock singer/guitarist (36 – haemhorrage)
20 Nick Drake – singer/songwriter (26 – overdose)
21 Clyde McPhatter – Drifters singer (38 heart problems)
22 Phil Lynott Thin Lizzy singer (34 heart problems)
23 Dennis Wilson Beach Boys member (39 – drowning)
24 Hank Williams country singer (29 heart attack)
25 Elliott Smith singer/songwriter (34 – p suicide)
26 Keith Moon The Who drummer (32 – overdose)
27 Eddie Cochran rock singer (21 road accident)
28 Lowell George Little Feat guitarist (34 heart attack)
29 Tim Buckley singer/songwriter (28 – overdose)
30 Janis Joplin – singer (27 heroin overdose)
31 Billy Mackenzie The Associates singer/songwriter (39 – suicide)
32 Bobby Fuller rock singer/guitarist (22 p. murder)
33 Bobby Darin – pop singer – (37 heart disease)
34 Chris Bell Big Star guitarist/songwriter (27 – road accident)
35 Mama Cass – singer (32 heart attack)
36 Bon Scott AC/DC rock singer (33 – intoxication)
37 Tim Hardin singer/songwriter (39 heroin overdose)
38 Otis Redding soul singer (26 – plane crash)
39 Mary Hansen Stereolab singer/guitarist (36 road accident)
40 Jim Morrison Doors singer (27 p overdose)