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4 Famous Musicians Who Died Early

Updated on March 29, 2017

Death can be viewed in two ways, a beginning or an end. Death, in most cases is viewed as an end of everything, especially life. Rare as it was, death is a beginning of something new.

The music industry is overcrowded with loads of talented individuals with a diverse music background. There are those who just started their music career, but lost their chance to reach the stardom. Those who stay on top became immortals in the minds of the people who knew their music.


Death can never stop the popularity of these iconic musicians:

1. John Lennon- (1940-1980)

John Lennon is a singer and songwriter of The Beatles, an iconic rock band shaped in 1960.

John Lennon was born on October 9, 1940, in Liverpool, England. He met Paul McCartney in 1957 and invited McCartney to join his music group. ( band consisted of John Lennon, who co-founded the Beatles, Paul McCartney,George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. John Lennon displayed his rebellious nature through his music and even incorporated anti-war themes.

They eventually formed the most successful songwriting partnership in musical history. Lennon left the Beatles in 1969 and later released albums with his wife, Yoko Ono, among others. On December 8, 1980, he was killed by a crazed fan named Mark David Chapman. (

John Lennon's assassination had, and continues to have, a profound impact on pop culture. Following the tragic event, millions of fans worldwide mourned as record sales soared. And Lennon's untimely death still evokes deep sadness around the globe today, as he continues to be admired by new generations of fans. Lennon was posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994. (

2. Bob Marley- (1945-1981)

Bob Marley is considered as the representation of Jamaican culture and was attributed for making the reggae music "a thing" worldwide.

Bob Marley was born on February 6, 1945, in St. Ann Parish, Jamaica. In 1963, Marley and his friends formed the Wailing Wailers. The Wailers' big break came in 1972, when they landed a contract with Island Records. Marley went on to sell more than 20 million records throughout his career, making him the first international superstar to emerge from the so-called Third World. He died in Miami, Florida, on May 11, 1981. (

3. Kurt Cobain- (1967-1994)

Kurt Cobain is a rock legend who founded the band Nirvana in the 1990s.

Kurt Cobain was born February 20, 1967, in Aberdeen, Washington. In 1988, he started the grunge band Nirvana. Nirvana made the leap to a major label in 1991, signing with Geffen Records. Cobain also began using heroin around this time. Nirvana's highly acclaimed album In Utero was released in 1993. On April 5, 1994, in the guest house behind his Seattle home, Cobain committed suicide. (

4. Tupac Shakur- (1971-1996)

Tupac Shakur was one of the most dynamic, influential and self-destructive pop stars of the Nineties. (

Born in New York City in 1971, Tupac Shakur, known by his stage name 2Pac, was an American rapper. Shakur has sold more than 75 million albums worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists in the world. Most of Tupac's songs are about growing up amid violence and hardship in ghettos, racism, other social problems and conflicts with other rappers during the East Coast-West Coast hip hop rivalry. Shakur was shot and killed in Las Vegas, Nevada, in 1996. (

Who among these music icons is your favorite?

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    • borge_009 profile image

      borge_009 11 months ago from Philippines

      thanks jason!

    • Jason mackenzie profile image

      Jason Mackenzie 11 months ago from Perth WA 6000

      Great hub!!! I love music and the way you have explored the subject is both unique and commendable. What could be a better way to pay an ode to great musicians than remembering them for the good music that they provided us with?