The 27 Club
By Candice Criss, Brenn Richard, Shirley Jean Jalmaani, Alle Lopez
No, the 27 Club is not some hip bar in Downtown Los Angeles that serves $15 Patron shots and has someone puking in the gutter right outside. The 27 Club has a unique and growing list of elite members who gained entry in the most eerie of ways--being an influential musician that dies at the age of 27.
The Doors’ lead vocalist Jim Morrison was an American singer-songwriter who died on July 3, 1971. No autopsy was ever performed because there was no discovery of foul play. Some believe that Morrison died from a heroin overdose while others blamed his girlfriend, Pamela Courson.
Janis Joplin, an American singer-songwriter who rose to fame in the late 1960s, had been found dead in her hotel room from an accidental drug overdose. The heroin given to Joplin by her drug dealer claimed to be more potent than usual and took the lives of other drug users that same week.
James Marshall Hendrix, also known as Jimi, emerged into the mainstream music world as a guitarist, vocalist and songwriter in the 1960s. He died on Sept. 18, 1970, from asphyxiation. Some said he committed suicide because of an alleged somber poem that he had written on the palm of his hand the night before. Some fans believe the government conspired to terminate Hendrix because of his influence on the generation.
Amy Winehouse was an English singer-songwriter who was born on Sept. 14, 1983. She was known for performing songs of different genres. Winehouse had much success in the music industry, but her luck was cut short after she died from alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011.
Kurt Cobain, Nirvana frontman, committed suicide on April 5, 1994 in his guest house in Seattle by shooting himself with a shotgun before injecting himself with heroin.
Some fans believe that Cobain’s then-wife, Courtney Love killed him and even penned his suicide note because of a paper that she allegedly used to trace Cobain’s handwriting. Others believe that the initial investigation was mishandled due to the fact that the case was opened and closed within one day. Cobain’s body was cremated within six days.