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Between the years of 1969 and 1971, music fans lost not one, not two, but four legendary musicians all at the ripe old age of 27. At the time, the coincidence was dismissed … until nearly 25 years later when a 27-year-old Kurt Cobain took his own life. It was then that the legend of the “27 Club” was born, a dubious honor heaped among those talented people who became young victims of their own greatness.

1. Jim Morrison

There’s still a good deal of mystery surrounding the passing of the legendary Doors front man. While most people assume that the singer died of an accidental heroin overdose in a Parisian hotel room, there are some who suspect foul play. Of course, if there wasn’t some intrigue surrounding the death of the Lizard King, it’d almost be a disappointment.

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2. Jimi Hendrix

Possibly the greatest guitar player of all time, Jimi Hendrix found ways to make music with his electric guitar that have never been recreated before or since. The musician apparently died of asphyxiation while high on barbiturates while sleeping in the London flat of girlfriend Monika Dannemann. What a loss.

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