The 27 Club members: SHINee’s Jonghyun, Kurt Cobain, 25 others

Born on April 8, 1990 in Seoul, South Korea, singer-songwriter Kim Jong-hyun, who is mononymously known as Jonghyun, died on Dec. 18, Monday. The late K-Pop boy group SHINee member joined the list of celebrities who died at the age of 27, also known as The 27 Club.

Below is a list of 27 musicians who died at the age of 27 from 1974 to 2017 including Jonghyun. These musicians were also members of groups.

  1. Jazz rock band organ player Wallace “Wally” Yohn died in a plane crash on Aug. 12, 1974.
  2. Rock band The Stooges bassist Dave Alexander died of pulmonary edema on Feb. 10, 1975.
  3. Rock band Badfinger guitarist and keyboardist Pete Ham committed suicide by hanging on April 24, 1975.
  4. Rock band Uriah Heep bassist Gary Thain died of drug overdose on Dec. 8, 1975.
  5. German progressive rock trio Triumvirat bassist Helmut Kollen died of carbon monoxide poisoning May 3, 1977.
  6. Rock band singer Big Star guitarist and singer Chris Bell was killed in a traffic collision on Dec. 27, 1978.
  7. Rock band The Count Bishops guitarist Zenon De Fleur died in a traffic collision and subsequent medical complications on March 17, 1979.
  8. Jamaican reggae group Inner Circle lead singer Jacob Miller died in a traffic collision on March 23, 1980.
  9. Punk band Minutemen lead singer and guitarist Boon died in a traffic collision on Dec. 22, 1985.
  10. Rock band Echo & the Bunnymen drummer Pete de Freitas was killed in a traffic collision on June 14, 1989.
  11. Bulgarian dark wave musical group Nova Generacia lead vocalist and bass guitarist Dimitar Voev died of cancer on Sept. 5, 1992.
  12. Grunge rock band The Gits lead singer Mia Zapata was murdered on July 7, 1993.
  13. Rock bankd singer and guitarist Kurt Cobain committed suicide by gunshot on April 5, 1994.
  14. Rock bands Hole and Janitor Joe bass guitarist Kristen Pfaff died of drug overdose on June 16, 1994.
  15. Welsh alternative rock band Manic Street Preachers lyricist and guitarist Richey Edwards disappeared on Feb. 1, 1995 and was officially presumed dead on Nov. 23, 2008.
  16. Hip hop collective Screwed up Click member Fat Pat was murdered on Feb. 3, 1998.
  17. Hip hop group Lost Boyz member Freaky Tah was murdered on March 18, 1999.
  18. Punk rock band Ink & Dagger lead singer Sean Patrick McCabe died of asphyxiation on Aug. 28, 2000.
  19. Nu metal band American Head Charge guitarist Bryan Ottoson died of drug overdose on April 19, 2005.
  20. Prti Bee Gee lead rapper Davor “Moskri” Bobić died of drug overdose on Aug. 25, 2005.
  21. R&B group 702 founding member Orish Grinstead died of kidney failure on April 20, 2008.
  22. Malaysian pop group Spin member Achik Spin died on April 17, 2010 due to a road accident.
  23. Metal band Visions of Atlantis singer Nicole Bogner died on Jan. 6, 2012 of an undisclosed illness.
  24. Rock band The Yellow Dogs guitarist Soroush “Looloosh” Farazmand was murdered on Nov. 11, 2013.
  25. Indie rock group Viola Beach bassist Tomas Lowe was killed in a road accident on Feb.13, 2016.
  26. Indie rock band Surfer Blood guitarist Thomas Fekete died on cancer on May 31, 2016.
  27. K-Pop boy band SHINee lead vocalist and lyricist Jonghyun committed suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning.


Kurt Cobain (Facebook/Kurt Cobain)

Kurt Cobain (Facebook/Kurt Cobain)


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