‘That stupid club’ – musicians who died at 27

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The tragic death of Amy Winehouse - from a suspected drugs overdose - means she joins what Kurt Cobain's mother Wendy called "that stupid club": musicians who have died at the age of 27.

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Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones.
Brian Jones (centre), The Rolling Stones. Known for his flamboyant attire and recreational drug habits, Jones was found motionless at the bottom of his swimming pool at Cotchford Farm July 3, 1969. The words in this gallery are taken from a new book, 'The 27s: The Greatest Myth Of Rock'N'Roll', by Eric Segalstada and Josh Hunter. Pic: PA Photos

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** FILE ** James Morrison of The Doors in an undated photo. The latest in a series of doors being auctioned off from a house where Jim Morrison once lived has been painted with a "Love Her Madly" theme. "The Jim Morrison Home Legacy Series" enlists artists to use doors collected from a Clearwater, Fla., home that belonged to Morrison's grandparents as their canvases. The doors are then donated to various causes. (AP Photo, file)
Jim Morrison, The Doors. Morrison was found dead on July 3, 1971 in a Paris apartment bathtub by his long-term companion, Pamela Courson. No autopsy was performed due to there being no evidence of foul play - but many rumours have arisen of an accidental overdose. Pic: PA Photos

5JIMI HENDRIX

Jimi Hendrix is shown in an undated photo. (AP Photo)
Jimi Hendrix. Swallowing nine German-made Secobarbital sleeping tablets in a hotel room, Hendrix vomited and asphyxiated in unconscious sleep (September 18, 1970). At the time he had been working on a new song, which included the lyric “the story of life is quicker than the wink of an eye.” Pic: PA Photos

6JANIS JOPLIN

This is an Oct. 1970 photo of rock singer Janis Joplin. (AP Photo)
Janis Joplin. The big-voiced singer died of a heroin overdose, possibly combined with the effects of alcohol, on October 4, 1970. At the time she'd been working on a birthday greeting for John Lennon - the tape arrived on Lennon’s doorstep the day after she passed away. Pic: PA Photos

71969, Hollywood, Iggy and The Stooges

UNITED STATES - CIRCA 1969: 1969, California, Hollywood, Iggy and The Stooges, L-R: Scott Asheton, Ron Asheton, Dave Alexander, Iggy Pop (born James Osterberg, Jr.). (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
David Alexander (second right). The original bassist for The Stooges, Alexander was sacked in 1970 after showing up at the Goose Lake International Music Festival too drunk to play. He died of pneumonia February 10, 1975 after being admitted to hospital for pancreatitis, which was linked to his drinking. Pic: Getty

8BRITAIN ROCK STAR DEATH

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Manic Street Preachers. Half Length. ©Steve Schofield/allaction.co.uk Left to right Nicky Wire, Richey Edwards, Sean Moore and James Dean Bradfield
Richey Edwards (second left), Manic Street Preachers. The day before a promotional visit to the US, Edwards disappeared from the London hotel where he was staying. His abandoned car was found two weeks later near the Severn Bridge. The guitarist/lyricist was declared presumed deceased in November 2008. Pic: PA Photos

10Very 'Eavy

27th April 1972: British pop rock group Uriah Heep arrive sitting on the back of a tank at the Benrather Castle in Germany to promote their current tour of the country. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
Gary Thain (second left), Uriah Heep. During his last tour with the band, Thain suffered an electric shock at the Moodie Coliseum in Dallas, Texas and was seriously injured. Drug addicted, he was unable to perform properly and fired from the band. Thain later died (December 15, 1975) of respiratory failure due to a heroin overdose. Pic: Getty

11Photo of Grateful Dead & Warlocks

UNITED STATES - CIRCA 1965: Photo of Grateful Dead when they started playing as the Warlocks (Photo by Paul Ryan/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Ron McKernan (right). Founding member of the Grateful Dead, McKernan – a notoriously heavy drinker - was found dead (March 8, 1973) of a gastrointestinal haemorrhage at his home in California. His epitaph reads: “Pigpen was and is now forever one of the Grateful Dead.” Pic: Getty

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Chris Bell (left). Along with Alex Chilton, Bell led the power pop band Big Star. Leaving the band in ’72, he struggled with intense depression stemming in part from his repressed homosexuality and dependence on heroin. Bell died on December 27, 1978 after losing control of his small Triumph TR-6 sports car which struck a wooden light pole – he died instantly. Pic: Redferns

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UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1980: Photo of Echo & Bunnymen (Photo by Lisa Haun/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Pete de Freitas (second right), Echo And The Bunnymen. A garrulous figure, upon quitting the band, drummer de Freitas once asked for £15,000 restitution for all the cigarettes singer Ian McCulloch had bummed off him over the years. De Freitas died in a motorcycle accident on June 14, 1989 travelling from London to Liverpool. Pic: Redferns

17JOHNSON

ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, SEPT. 18-20--FILE--This is a file photo of blues guitarist and singer Robert Johnson, taken in the early 1930s. Starting Sept. 20, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will celebrate Johnson's musical legacy with eight days of talks, concerts, and jam sessions. (AP Photo/HO)
Robert Johnson. Famous as the enigmatic bluesman who gave rise to the sold-his-soul-to-the-devil myth, Johnson died on August 16, 1938, having been poisoned, possibly by a woman with whom he'd been having an affair.

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