Celebrities who Sadly Died at Age 27

by emleml | created - 02 Aug 2018 | updated - 02 Aug 2018 | Public

These celebrities (listed alphabetically) weirdly died when they were only 27 years old.

1. Antoine Ashley

Actor | 15 Films About Madonna

Antoine Ashley was born on December 17, 1984 in Dallas, Texas, USA. He was an actor, known for 15 Films About Madonna (2006), RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked! (2010) and For Which WE Stand (One Queer Music Nation in the Visible) (2015). He died on October 1, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

Died by heart failure.

2. Jean Michel Basquiat

Soundtrack | Downtown 81

Jean Michel Basquiat was born on December 22, 1960 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. He died on August 12, 1988 in Brooklyn.

Died of drug overdose.

3. Chris Bell

Soundtrack | Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist

Chris Bell was born January 12, 1951 in Memphis, Tennessee. He was always a talented artist but began displaying his ability as a writer and guitarist at about 12 years old. After high school Bell became a founding member of possibly the greatest post-Beatles-style rock band that the USA has yet ...

Died by road accident.

4. D. Boon

Music_department | Jackass

D. Boon created the legendary punk rock band, Minutemen, with George Hurley and Mike Watt in 1980. The trio went on to release 11 albums in less than six years and toured maniacally until Boon's tragic death in late December of 1985 caused the group's abrupt demise.

Died by auto accident.

5. Jonathan Brandis

Actor | Seaquest DSV

Born in Danbury, Connecticut, USA, to Greg and Mary, Jonathan Brandis began his career at age 5, acting in television commercials. He appeared in small parts in several films and TV shows before his first starring role in the 1990 film The NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter (1990). He starred ...

Died by suicide.

6. Kurt Cobain

Soundtrack | Moulin Rouge!

Kurt Cobain was born on February 20 1967, in Aberdeen, Washington. Kurt and his family lived in Hoquiam for the first few months of his life then later moved back to Aberdeen, where he had a happy childhood until his parents divorced. The divorce left Kurt's outlook on the world forever scarred. He...

Died by suicide by gunshot.

7. Pete DeFreitas

Soundtrack | Grosse Pointe Blank

Pete DeFreitas was born on August 2, 1961 in Port of Spain, Trinidad, British West Indies. He died on June 14, 1989 in London, England.

Died by road accident.

8. Richey Edwards

Soundtrack | Twin Town

Richey Edwards was born as Richard James Edwards. He died on February 1, 1995 in London, England.

Disappeared; officially presumed dead.

9. Thomas Fekete

Soundtrack | Daredevil

Thomas Fekete was born on July 1, 1988 in West Palm Beach, Florida, USA. He was married to Jessica Bianchi. He died on May 30, 2016 in Florida.

Died by cancer.

10. Pete Ham

Soundtrack | The Departed

Pete Ham was born on April 27, 1947 in Swansea, West Glamorgan, Wales as Peter William Ham. He died on April 23, 1975 in London, England.

Died by suicide by hanging.

11. Jimi Hendrix

Soundtrack | Woodstock

Widely regarded as the greatest and most influential guitarist in rock history, Jimi Hendrix was born on November 27, 1942 in Seattle, Washington, to African-American parents Lucille (Jeter) and James Allen Hendrix. His mother named him John Allen Hendrix and raised him alone while his father, Al ...

Died of barbiturate overdose.

12. Brian Jones

Soundtrack | Mord und Totschlag

Jones was born on 28 February, 1942, to Lewis and Louise Jones. He had two sisters, Pamela and Barbara. Pamela died when Brian was still a child. He fathered his first of several children in high school and was subsequently made to leave. In the early 1960s, Brian formed the legendary group, The ...

Died by drowning.

13. Jonghyun

Soundtrack | I Am

Jonghyun was born on April 8, 1990 in Seoul, South Korea as Kim Jong-hyun. He died on December 18, 2017 in Seoul.

Died by carbon monoxide poisoning.

14. Robert Johnson

Soundtrack | The Skeleton Key

Robert Johnson was born on May 8, 1911 in Hazlehurst, Mississippi, USA as Robert Leroy Johnson. He was married to Calleta "Callie" Craft and Virginia Travis. He died on August 13, 1938 in Greenwood, Mississippi.

Died by homicide by strychnine poisoning.

15. Janis Joplin

Soundtrack | Watchmen

Janis Lyn Joplin was born at St. Mary's Hospital in the oil-refining town of Port Arthur, Texas, near the border with Louisiana. Her father was a cannery worker and her mother was a registrar for a business college. As an overweight teenager, she was a folk-music devotee (especially Odetta, ...

Died of heroin overdose.

16. Ron McKernan

Soundtrack | The Dreamers

Ron McKernan was born on September 8, 1945 in San Bruno, California, USA as Ronald Charles McKernan. He died on March 8, 1973 in Corte Madera, California.

Died by massive gastrointestinal hemorrhage.

17. Jim Morrison

Soundtrack | Forrest Gump

James Douglas Morrison was born on December 8, 1943 in Melbourne, Florida, to Clara Virginia (Clarke) and George Stephen Morrison, a U.S. Naval Officer who fought in World War II. Jim eventually became so estranged from his parents that he would later claim that they were dead. Not much is known ...

Died of heart failure

18. Kristen Pfaff

Actress | Hole: Miss World

Kristen Marie Pfaff was born on May 26, 1967 on Buffalo, New York, USA. Kristen is the only child of her mother's first marriage, which ended in divorce when Kristen was very young. Her mother Janet later married Norman Pfaff, and Kristen took his stepfather's surname. She had a younger brother, ...

Died of heroin overdose.

19. Fredo Santana

Producer | Fredo Mafia

Fredo Santana was born on July 4, 1990 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He is known for his work on Fredo Mafia, SD x Fredo Santana x Lil Reese: Cant Tell Me Shit (2012) and Fredo Santana ft. Chief Keef: On That (2011). He died on January 19, 2018 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Died by seizure.

20. Amy Winehouse

Soundtrack | Amy

Amy Jade Winehouse was born on September 14, 1983 in Southgate, London, England to Janis Holly Collins (previously: Janis Holly Winehouse; born: Janis Holly Seaton), a pharmacist & Mitchell "Mitch" Winehouse, a taxi driver. Her family shared her love of theater and music. Amy was brought up on jazz...

Died of alcohol poisoning.

21. Anton Yelchin

Actor | Star Trek

Anton Yelchin was an American actor, known for playing Bobby in Hearts in Atlantis (2001), Chekov in the Star Trek (2009) reboot, Charlie Brewster in the Fright Night (2011) remake, and Jacob in Like Crazy (2011).

He was born in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), Russia, USSR, to a Jewish family. His ...

Died of blunt traumatic asphyxia.

22. Mia Zapata

Soundtrack | The Gits

Mia Zapata grew up listening to Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Jimmy Reed, Ray Charles and Hank Williams. She was also a gifted poet and artist. In the fall of 1986, she formed a rock band called The Gits with three classmates at Antioch College in Ohio. In 1989, they relocated to Seattle, where ...

Died by homicide.

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