Sex, drugs and rock n’ roll is the mantra many rock stars live by, and unfortunately also die by. A lot turn into rock and roll junkies due to excess use of drugs and alcohol. Some are more tragic than others; this group of rock stars left gaping holes in bands and fans sad their idols left them so soon.
The drugs that often prove deadly include heroin, cocaine, alcohol and various pain pills/medication. Man, rock stars really do love their heroin. Not all died in the list that follows, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t others that did pass and not make the list. Honorable (or dishonorable) mentions include Bradley Nowell of Sublime (a longtime heroin addict) who died at the age of 28, founding member of Def Leppard, Steve Clark, who died at the age of 30 from a combination of codeine, Valium, morphine and alcohol and Paul Gray, and a founding member of Slipknot, who was found dead from an accidental overdose of morphine and fentanyl at the age of 38. Amy Winehouse also didn’t make the list, but that was more due to genre of music (even though you could make the case Winehouse was more rock star than many listed here).
Our list includes rock stars from the sixties through present day (for one, anyway) and we even threw in a couple of bonus entries for multiple member overdoses within one band. Some of the deaths you could see coming for years while others were more sudden. Also, a couple still leave questions unanswered as to what really happened on the night of their alleged death. Have you seen Jim Morrison? Many have and don’t believe he actually died. For the rest of us, here’s a list of the 15 most shocking rock star overdoses.