Ο θάνατος είναι κάτι το αναμενόμενο για όλους μας, όμως συνήθως φτάνει απροειδοποίητα ακόμα και μετά από χρόνια πάθηση που όμως αγνοούν όσοι δεν ζουν στο στενό περιβάλλον του θανόντα, όπως στην περίπτωση του David Bowie.

 

Όσοι είναι στην λίστα πέθαναν μετά το 1970 και ο θάνατος τους ήταν ξαφνικός για μας. Υπάρχουν αρκετοί ακόμα σημαντικοί καλλιτέχνες που πέθαναν στο ίδιο διάστημα, αλλά κάπου έπρεπε να κλείσει η λίστα.

 

John Lennon - 1940 - 1980: The Beatles musician was murdered in the street by super-fan Mark David Chapman who shot him several times in the back as he returned to his apartment with Yoko Ono.

 

JOHN LENNON

 

Tupac - 1971-1996: The figurehead of West Coast hip-hop was killed in a drive by shooting that has never been solved. However he made an interesting come back as the first ever hologram to perform on stage to an audience at Coachella with Snoop and Dr Dre last year.

 

2PAC

 

Janis Joplin - 1943-1970: Joplin found major success as a solo artist with iconic tracks including 'Piece of My Heart.' Often hailed as the Queen of psychedelic soul, she earned her place in rock'n'roll history with her unrestrained, raw vocal style that expressed pain and heartache in a devastatingly bluesy and empowering style. She was found dead in a hotel room following a heroin and alcohol overdose.

 

JANIS JOPLIN

 

Marvin Gaye - 1939-1984: The soul musician was shot by his father after an argument with the gun he had bought him as a Christmas present. The musician, who claimed to be influenced by Frank Sinatra, had a number of iconic tracks such as 'Heard It Through The Grapevine' and 'Sexual Healing'. The singer had struggled with a drug and alcohol addiction ever since the death of his musical partner Tammi Terrell.

 

MARVIN GAYE

 

Elvis Presley - 1935-1977: Considered a cultural icon all over the world, Elvis is still hailed as the King of rock'n'roll. He was one of the best selling solo artists of the twentieth century, but had a long battle with drug addiction, eventually becoming plagued by many health issues that culminated in heart failure.

 

ELVIS PRESLEY

 

Kurt Cobain - 1967-1994: The iconic grunge frontman and songwriter for Nirvana achieved a huge breakthrough with their second album Nevermind in 1991 which featured tracks like 'Smells Like Teen Spirit'. He battled with heroin addiction and severe depression. His body was discovered days after his suicide with a gun shot wound to the head.

 

KURT COBAIN

 

Ian Curtis - 1956-1980: Curtis was the frontman of Joy Division, the iconic post punk band, and his angst-filled and dark romance were immortalised in tracks such as 'Love Will Tear Us Apart'. Curtis suffered with epilepsy and depression, and - following the breakdown of his marriage - committed suicide by hanging himself. Curtis's life and death are chronicled in the 2007 film Control.

 

IAN CURTIS

 

Tim Buckley - 1947-1975: A folk rock musician and the father of Jeff Buckley, the singer fatally consumed an entire bag of heroin when drunk.

 

TIM BUCKLEY

 

Jimi Hendrix - 1942-1970: Hendrix left one of the greatest legacies in rock'n'roll history - but the circumstances of his death remain unclear. It is believed he asphyxiated on his own vomit after overdosing on sleeping pills.

 

JIMI HENDRIX

 

Prince: 1958-2016: His Royal Badness was just 57 when he left us - still gigging and partying for fans up until his dying day. Restlessly creative, the 'Purple Rain' icon released a staggering four albums in his last two years, and we doubt he had yet more greatness to unload.

 

PRINCE

 

Jim Morrison -1943-1971: Morrison was the lead singer of the rock band, The Doors. He died as a result of heart failure, believed to be induced by alcohol and heroin.

 

JIM MORRISON

 

Amy Winehouse - 1983-2011: After struggling with a well documented alcohol and drug addiction, her rapid descent was unfortunately played out in the media spotlight. She died of an accidental alcohol poisoning during a relapse, but she remains well known for her stunning musical prowess and is still considered one of the best soul voices the UK has ever seen.

 

AMY WINEHOUSE

 

Michael Jackson - 1958-2009: As well as some of the best selling pop hits that included 'Billie Jean', 'Beat It' and 'Thriller', the King of Pop had a troubled personal life leading up to his death in 2009. The singer was due to perform a series of huge gigs for his 'This Is It' tour, but he died before the tour could take place.

 

MICHAEL JACKSON

 

Aaliyah - 1979-2001: Aaliyah was killed in a plane crash returning from a video shoot for the track 'Rock the Boat' in the Bahamas. It was later dicovered that the pilot had cocaine and alcohol in his system. She is best remembered for her melodic, silky sweet vocals that crossed over from R'n'B, hip-hop and pop.

 

AALIYAH

 

Whitney Houston - 1963-2012: Houston was a best selling artist famous for her overwhelmingly powerful vocal talent that was to have a huge influence on female pop singers ever since her discovery. The Queen of power ballads was found accidentally drowned in a bath, with cocaine, prescription drugs and marijuana discovered in her system.

 

WHITNEY HOUSTON

 

Notorious B.I.G - 1972-1997: Christopher Wallace was murdered in an unsolved drive-by shooting only a year after his West Coast rival, Tupac. The Brooklyn based artist was the East Coast hip-hop leader and recorded two studio albums, the second being released two weeks after his death with the ominous title, Life after Death.

 

NOTORIOUS B.I.G.

 

 

DAVID BOWIE

 

Keith Moon - 1946-1978: Moon was the drummer in The Who, best remembered for his legendary and unique drumming style that gave him a legacy as one of the best of all time. The musician was also known for his alcohol and drug fuelled destruction, which included a habit of putting explosives down toilets. His life ended when he overdosed on a combination of pills.

 

KEITH MOON