1994 – Kurt Cobain of the band Nirvana dies in Seattle of an apparently self-inflicted shotgun wound. He was 27. Cobain had nearly died from an overdose of painkillers and champagne in early March while Nirvana was touring Europe. Cobain is survived by his wife Courtney Love of the band Hole and their two-year-old daughter […]
1991 – Temptations co-founder David Ruffin dies of an apparent drug overdose. He was
1990 – Grateful Dead keyboardist Brent Mydland dies of a drug overdose in Lafayette, Calif., at age 38. Mydland had replaced keyboardist Keith Godchaux – who died in 1979 – who in turn had replaced Ron “Pigpen” McKernan – who died in 1973.
1983 – Jerry Lee Lewis’ fifth wife, Shawn Stevens, is found dead of a methadone overdose three months after their marriage.
1981 – Blues guitarist Mike Bloomfield dies in San Francisco of an accidental drug overdose.
1978 – Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols is arrested for the murder of his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen. A 1986 movie of the relationship and murder at New York’s Chelsea hotel, “Sid and Nancy” starred Gary Oldman and Chloe Webb. Vicious dies of a heroin overdose before he can be tried for the murder.
1978 – The Who’s press officer, Pete Meaden, 35, commits suicide by overdosing on barbiturates. Meaden was the manager of Townshend and company when they were the High Numbers. A dedicated mod, he introduced the band members to the lifestyle and, with the assistance of Who manager Kit Lambert, turned them into the subculture’s figureheads.
1978 – Sex Pistol, Sid Vicious fell through a glass door at a San Francisco hotel, took a drug overdose and was rushed to hospital.
1976 – Tommy Bolin of Deep Purple dies of a drug overdose at the age of 25.
1970 – Just days after recording what would be her biggest hit, 27 year old Janis Joplin died of a heroin overdose at Hollywood’s Landmark Hotel . “Me and Bobby McGee” would reach number one in early 1971, her highest chart success since “Piece Of My Heart” with Big Brother and The Holding Company in […]
1970 – Jimi Hendrix is found dead from barbiturate overdose. The Jimi Hendrix Experience is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991 and Hendrix is posthumously voted a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1992. Jimi Hendrix Jimi HendrixAKA Johnny Allen Hendrix Born: 27-Nov-1942 Birthplace: Seattle, WA Died: 18-Sep-1970 Location of death: […]
1967 – The Beatles manager Brian Epstein dies of an accidental drug overdose. Whilst on retreat with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the Beatles learn that Brian Epstein has died from a sleeping-pill overdose. The Maharishi rationalizes their manager’s death by explaining that it’s “not important,” as it exists only on the physical plane. Epstein was […]