Since arriving back home, I had been shifting through a mountain of emails. In one of them was a request made by Nicolas from Florida about the curse known as the 27 club. Now, the last time I came across this reference happened back in 2000 with the death of Sean Patrick McCabe from the group Ink and Dagger. In researching more detail about this subject, I discovered its membership has increased.
The 27 Club is a term given to the phenomenon where a number of young musicians died at the age of 27. Their deaths occurred from drug abuse, alcohol poisoning or some violent manner such as murder, suicide, or vehicle collision. The belief is there is a connection between all these incidents where either a curse or other sinister forces at work ending the lives of artists at 27.
The 27 Club may had claimed its first member back in the 19th century, but was not mentioned till decades later. First attention of the phenomenon began with the deaths of Jim Hendrix, Brian Jones, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison between 1969 and 1971. People started to speculate the demises of these artists to be more than just coincidence. Until the suicide of Kurt Cobain, lead singer of Nirvana, the concept of the 27 Club caught the media attention. Over the past two decades, its membership continued to expand as other young musicians passing away at 27.
The 27 Club has been mentioned off and on in the music industry, news, movies, the internet and other media outlets. The phenomenon has been the subject of studies and investigations with no pattern or connection to be found involving the deaths of the artists at such a young age. Some suggested the cause to be supernatural while others uttered conspiracy theories.
As requested, here is list of some members of the 27 Club.
|Roger Lee Durham||1973|
|Pete de Freitas||1989|
|Sean Patrick McCabe||2000|
|Maria Serrano Serrano||2001|
Segalsad, Eric. The 27s: The Greatest Myth of Rock and Roll. Samadhi Creations. (2008)