Amy Winehouse joins ill-fated ‘27 Club’ of stars who died too young
Washington: Amy Winehouse, who died at her London home on Sunday night, has become the latest star to join the tragic group of famous musicians who passed away at the age of 27 - the notorious ‘27 Club’.
Winehouse, who was found dead of unexplained causes at her home in north London, was known for her drug and alcohol use like many of the others, reports CBS News.
Rolling Stones pioneer Brian Jones, guitarist Jimi Hendrix, singer Janis Joplin, The Doors singer Jim Morrison, Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, Grateful Dead rocker Roger ‘Pigpen’ McKernan and singer and lyricist Richey Edwards of Manic Street Preachers are the other major “members” of the ill-fated club.
Grunge rocker Cobain fatally shot himself at his Seattle home in 1994, just weeks after recovering from a drug overdose.
“Light My Fire” singer Morrison was found dead in 1971 in the bathtub of his Paris apartment.
His death is widely attributed to a heart attack, brought on by alcoholism and drug abuse, but an autopsy was never done.
Jones, whose problems with drugs and alcohol were widely known, drowned in the swimming pool of his English estate in 1969.
Hendrix, known for guitar work on such hits as “Purple Haze” and “Hey, Joe,” choked on his own vomit in a London hotel room in 1970 after taking sleeping pills and drinking wine.
Joplin was found dead in 1970 in the bed of her motel room in Los Angeles. The cause of death was listed as a heroin overdose, possible combined with alcohol.
Grateful Dead keyboardist McKernan died in 1973 of a gastrointestinal haemorrhage at his California home.
Edwards, a member the Welsh alternative rockers Manic Street Preachers, disappeared in 1995 and was pronounced dead in 2008.