Amy Winehouse was found dead in her London apartment this morning. She was only 27 years old. She’s struggled with drugs and alcohol for several years, and had multiple unsuccessful stints in rehab.
Amy hit it big with her single ‘Rehab’, a song about not wanted to seek treatment over an addiction. Seems like art was imitating life. Amy’s public struggle with drugs overshadowed her successful short-lived career. But she’s not the only artist who tragically lost her life at 27. Let’s take a look at the 27 club.
Kurt Cobain: The Nirvana frontman committed suicide at 27 years old after his band hit it big. The ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ singer started the Seattle grunge era in the 90’s but often complained about the pressures of fame. He had a tumultuous relationship with fame, his wife Courtney Love and heroin addiction. He committed suicide on April 5, 1994 at the age of 27.
In Photos: Amy Winehouse Throughout the Years
Jim Morrison: Cause of death for the lead singer of ‘The Doors’ was listed as "heart failure"; however, no autopsy was performed. He released six albums while alive and his singles “Light My Fire” and “People are Strange” are still huge hits today. He was a heavy drug user and most likely overdosed at a Parisian club prior to being found in his bathtub in Paris. There was some speculation that his body was dumped in the bathtub, but there are no reports confirming it. He died on July 3, 1971. He was 27 years old. Three years later his girlfriend died of a heroin overdose at the age of 27.
Janis Joplin: Janis grew up in Texas but moved to San Francisco and joined the band ‘Big Brother’ in the 60’s. She was heavily involved in drugs within a few years and most like died of a heroin overdose at the Landmark Motor Hotel in Los Angeles on October 4, 1970. She was 27 years old.
Jimi Hendrix: To date Jimi Hendrix is considered one of the greatest guitarists of all time. He headlined Woodstock and released three very successful albums while alive. He died a couple weeks before Janis Joplin on September 18, 1970. Autopsy showed he asphyxiated on vomit after combining sleeping pills with wine. He was 27 years old.