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July 15, 1956 โ€” May 18, 1980
Age: 23

Ian Curtis (Joy Division) was an artist and a tourtured soul. His marriage was ending after an affair, and his health was challenged due to epilepsy. In the early morning of May 18, 1980 Ian watched the Werner Herzog's film Stroszek, listened to the Iggy Pop album The Idiot, and then hanged himself in his kitchen.

May 10, 1957 โ€” February 2, 1979
Age: 21

Sid Vicious (Sex Pistols) was not really an accomplished musician, and not really an accomplished person for that matter. But he is one of the most iconic punk rock celebrities in history. He was accused and arrested for the murder of his girlfriend Nancy Spungen. Shortly afterward, he attempted suicide and was admitted to Bellevue Hospital. Sid got clean in jail, but after being released on bond he overdosed on heroin that was purchased by his mother.

June 16, 1971 โ€” September 13, 1996
Age: 25

After attending the Mike Tyson / Bruce Seldon boxing match at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Tupac Shakur and his entourage got into an altercation with a known member of the Crips gang. Later that night, as he rode with Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight, a car pulled up next to them and fired about a dozen rounds. Tupac was hit four times and although there was hope he could survive the gunshot wounds (as he had previously) he died a few days later.

May 21, 1972 โ€” March 9, 1997
Age: 24

The Notorious B.I.G. was heavily involved with the East Coast-West Coast hip-hop feud of the 1990s. The New York rapper was in L.A. shooting a music video to support the release of the best-selling double album Life After Death when he was gunned down in a drive-by shooting. The murder has not been solved although there are plenty of theories to choose from.

September 7, 1936 โ€” February 3, 1959
Age: 22

Charles Hardin Holley, better known as "Buddy Holly" was killed in what is arguably the most famous musical tragedy in history when the Beechcraft Bonanza aircraft he was travelling in crashed. The accident was immortalized by Don McLean in the song "American Pie".

November 20, 1946 โ€” October 29, 1971
Age: 24

While in Macon, Ga on a break from touring Duane Allman (The Allman Brothers Band) was on his motorcycle when a truck stopped in an intersection. Duane could not stop in time and suffered severe injuries that led to his death several hours later. His bandmate, bassist Berry Oakley (Age: 24) died in a similar motorcycle accident with a bus just 13 months later and just three blocks away. The bandmates are buried next to each other.

June 19, 1948 โ€” November 25, 1974
Age: 26

Nick Drake did not know fame during his lifetime. Unfortunately, his music was only really discovered on a large scale well after his death in 1974. He lived on a $20 per week record company retainer and suffered from depression. Nick died young after he overdosed on the antidepressant amitriptyline. Some think it was suicide, others think it was accidental.

April 13, 1962โ€”June 25, 1988
Age: 26

Hillel Slovak (Red Hot Chili Peppers) was born in Haifa, Israel to Jewish parents who were survivors of the Holocaust. After moving to the states, Hillel blossomed into a pioneering guitarist and unfortunately, a heroin addict who tried, but failed to kick the habit. He died of a speedball overdose.

February 10, 1962 โ€” September 27, 1986
Age: 24

Cliff Burton (Metallica) was asleep and riding on the tour bus with the rest of his bandmates through Sweden on a European leg of the Damage Inc.tour when the bus ran off the road and flipped. Burton was killed when he was thrown out of a window and pinned under the bus.

September 9, 1941 โ€” December 10, 1967
Age: 26

Otis Redding was taken from us by yet another tragic airplane crash. His Beechcraft 18 airplane crashed into Lake Manona in Wisconsin on December 10, 1967. Authorities were never able to determine the cause of the crash.

May 13, 1941 โ€” February 3, 1959
Age: 17

Ritchies Valens is the forefather of Chicano rock and had an extremely bright future ahead of him. Unfortunately, he was on the same plane that Buddy Holly was on "the day the music died". Also of note that day is the death of J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson" (Age: 28) who was also on the plane and known for his hit song "Chantilly Lace".

October 3, 1938 โ€” April 17, 1960
Age: 21

Eddie Cochran was touring overseas when he got into a taxi at Chippenham, Wiltshire, England. Unfortunately, his driver was reckless and crashed into a lamp post killing Eddie after he was thrown from the vehicle. The cab driver went to jail for 6 months and lost his license for 15 years.

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