Curse of The 27 Club

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.

Alexandre Levy 1898
Louis Chauvin 1908
Robert Johnson 1938
Nat Jaffe 1945
Jesse Belvin 1960
Rudy Lewis 1964
Malcolm Hale 1968
Dickie Pride 1969
Brian Jones 1969
Alan Wilson 1970
Jimi Hendrix 1970
Janis Joplin 1970
Arlester Christian 1971
Jim Morrison 1971
Leslie Harvey 1972
Roger Lee Durham 1973
Wallace Yohn 1974
Pete Ham 1975
Gary Thain 1975
Helmut Köllen 1977
Chris Bell 1978
Jacob Miller 1980
Jean-Michel Basquiat 1988
Pete de Freitas 1989
Chris Austin 1991
Dimitar Voev 1992
Mia Zapata 1993
Kurt Cobain 1994
Kristen Pfaff 1994
Richey Edwards 1995
Stretch 1995
Fat Pat 1998
Kami 1999
Rodrigo Bueno 2000
Sean Patrick McCabe 2000
Maria Serrano Serrano 2001
Bryan Ottoson 2005
Valentín Elizalde 2006
Amy Winehouse 2011
Richard Turner 2011
Nicole Bogner 2012


Segalsad, Eric. The 27s: The Greatest Myth of Rock and Roll. Samadhi Creations. (2008)


2 thoughts on “Curse of The 27 Club

  1. Mae Clair

    The first person I thought of when I started reading your post was Robert Johnson.

    I admit there are a lot of musicians on the list I don’t know, but it’s sad to think so much talent left us when they were so young.



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