The term ‘Forever 27 Club’ was never consciously created to depict the phenomenon for which it is now infamous. Moreover, it was not coined until after the death of the Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain on Apr 8, 1994 at the young age of 27. However, by then, the number ‘27’ had taken on mythical proportions due to a series of mysterious deaths of many influential musicians at precisely this age—27 years.
Since Cobain’s death, the media has focussed intensely on the phenomenon of the death of musicians at the age of 27. A few years later, the death of five-time Grammy Award-winning English singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse on July 23, 2011 once again raked up renewed interest concerning the ‘Forever 27 club.’ The primary cause behind many of these deaths vary from suicide to overdosing on drugs.
Here is a look at five of the most notable musicians in the recent memory who succumbed to substance abuse or suicide before their time:
On Sep 18, 1970, the rock guitar legend Jimi Hendrix breathed his last at the young age of 27. The official cause of death has been cited as asphyxiation from his own vomit that was caused by an overdose of barbiturates in the form of nine prescription sleeping pills. Like many other famous rock and roll casualties, other conspiracies surrounding his death suggesting murder and suicide have increased the mystery around his death.
Janis Joplin had been struggling with substance abuse for a long time and it claimed her life just 16 days after Jimi Hendrix’s death. The ‘Queen of Psychedelic Soul’ died on Oct 4, 1970 from a heroin overdose that might have been aggravated by the abuse of alcohol. She was considered as one of the most influential female vocalists of all time. However, like many of the members of the ‘Forever 27 Club,’ she was a deeply troubled artist who had gone through tough times.
On the morning of Jul 3, 1971, Jim Morrison suffered a heart attack caused due to heroin overdose. Although there is still an air of mystery regarding the circumstances surrounding his death, the most accepted theory is that he accidentally snorted heroin powder thinking it to be cocaine as he was a regular cocaine user.
Kurt Cobain was addicted to heroin and was fascinated with the idea of living like a junkie as claimed by his wife Courtney Love. He had attempted suicide a month before his death by consuming 67 Rohypnols. Although his body was discovered only on Apr 8, 1994, he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head on Apr 5, 1994. He was in deep mental trouble and his own admissions in his suicide note suggest that he was suffering from the symptoms of depression.
Amy Winehouse, renowned English singer and songwriter, was long troubled by drugs and alcohol. She was found dead in her London home on July 23, 2011. The coroner’s investigation later revealed that her death was caused by alcohol poisoning that stopped her breathing. The blood alcohol content (BAC) at the time of her death was .416, which was way beyond any legal or recommended limits.
Ways to dodge the rat race and escape unscathed
A disturbingly high number of musicians die before their time by falling victims to drug overdose, alcohol poisoning, etc. The excessive pressure from the music producers and fans to deliver excellent music like before is quite a troublesome factor for most musicians.
Though showered with money, their hectic and erratic schedules keep them away from their loved ones for long. Since surviving in such a competitive environment is often a challenge, musicians tend to escape from their problems by indulging in substance abuse. Hence, there is a need for the music industry to put some support systems in place for recognizing the early signs of emotional distress, crisis, depression and suicidal tendencies among young musicians suffering from mental disorders.
If you or your loved ones need help for any kind of substance abuse, contact the Florida Drug Addiction Helpline. Call our 24/7 helpline number 855-982-2401 or chat online to get details about the finest addiction treatment centers in Florida. Our representatives will help you find the best addiction treatment in Florida.