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The 27 Club

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 31yrs • M
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The 27 Club
"The 27 Club"

otherwise known as "forever 27"
and "curse of 27"

Ive recently stumbled upon a a string of unrelated incidents regarding many celebrity's (manly with a rock and roll background and/or lifestyle.

here's a list of celebrities who have all dies at the tender age of 27.

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 31yrs • M
A CTL of 1 means that Theory is a contributing member of Captain Cynic.
Mia Zapata[10][11][13] July 7, 1993 Murdered Lead singer of The Gits 27 years, 316 days

Wallace Yohn[10] August 12, 1974 Plane crash Organ player of Chase 27 years, 212 days

Amy Winehouse[15][16] July 23, 2011 Alcohol poisoning[26] Singer-songwriter; first British woman to win five Grammy Awards in single ceremony 27 years, 312 days

Alan "Blind Owl" Wilson[10][11][13][15][20][14] September 3, 1970 Barbiturate overdose, possible suicide Leader, singer and primary composer of Canned Heat 27 years, 61 days

Jeremy Michael Ward[10][11][13][14] May 25, 2003 Heroin overdose The Mars Volta and De Facto sound manipulator 27 years, 20 days

Richard Turner[11] August 11, 2011 Cardiac arrest Trumpet player, collaborator with Friendly Fires[27] 27 years, 12 days

Gary Thain[10][11][15][14] December 8, 1975 Drug overdose Former bassist of Uriah Heep and The Keef Hartley Band 27 years, 207 days

Freaky Tah[10] March 28, 1999 Murdered Rapper and member of the hip hop group Lost Boyz 27 years, 318 days

Maria Serrano Serrano[10] November 24, 2001 Plane crash Background singer for Passion Fruit 27 years, 363 days

Dickie Pride[13] March 26, 1969 Overdose of sleeping pills Rock and roll singer 27 years, 156 days

Kristen Pfaff[10][11][13][15][20][14] June 16, 1994 Heroin overdose Bass guitarist for Hole and Janitor Joe 27 years, 51 days

Fat Pat[10][11] February 3, 1998 Murdered Rapper and member of Screwed Up Click 27 years, 61 days

Bryan Ottoson[10][11][14] April 19, 2005 Prescription drug overdose Guitarist for American Head Charge 27 years, 32 days

Jim Morrison[16] July 3, 1971 Reported as heart failure (no autopsy performed, disputed)[23][24]. Lead singer, lyricist and video director for The Doors, and poet 27 years, 207 days

Jacob Miller[11][15] March 23, 1980 Car accident Reggae artist and lead singer for Inner Circle 27 years, 324 days

Ron "Pigpen" McKernan[10][11][13][15][20][14] March 8, 1973 Gastrointestinal hemorrhage associated with alcoholism Founding member, keyboardist and singer of the Grateful Dead 27 years, 181 days

Sean Patrick McCabe[10][11][13][14] August 28, 2000 Asphyxiation Lead singer of Ink & Dagger 27 years, 289 days

Rudy Lewis[13][15] May 20, 1964 Drug overdose Vocalist of The Drifters 27 years, 271 days

Alexandre Levy[10] January 17, 1892 Unknown Composer, pianist and conductor 27 years, 98 days

Helmut Köllen[10][14] May 3, 1977 Carbon monoxide poisoning Bassist for 1970s prog rock band Triumvirat 27 years, 62 days

Janis Joplin[21] October 4, 1970 Probable heroin overdose[22] Lead vocalist and songwriter for Big Brother and the Holding Company, The Kozmic Blues Band and Full Tilt Boogie Band 27 years, 258 days

Linda Jones[13] March 14, 1972 Complications from diabetes Soul singer 27 years, 91 days

Brian Jones[16] July 3, 1969 Drowned[17] (coroner's report states "death by misadventure", disputed)[18] Rolling Stones founder, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist 27 years, 125 days

Robert Johnson[12] August 16, 1938 Unknown, but typically attributed to strychnine poisoning Blues singer and musician who recorded a very famous and influential set of 29 songs. 27 years, 100 days

Nat Jaffe[10] August 5, 1945 Complications from high blood pressure Swing jazz pianist 27 years, 216 days

Jimi Hendrix[16] September 18, 1970 Asphyxiation (disputed)[19] Pioneering electric guitarist, singer and songwriter for The Jimi Hendrix Experience and Band of Gypsys 27 years, 295 days

Leslie Harvey[11][20][14] May 3, 1972 Electrocution Guitarist for Stone the Crows and brother of Alex Harvey 27 years, 233 days

Pete Ham[10][11][13][15][20][14] April 24, 1975 Suicide Keyboardist and guitarist, leader of Badfinger 27 years, 362 days

Malcolm Hale[10][14] October 31, 1968 Carbon monoxide poisoning Original member and lead guitarist of Spanky and Our Gang 27 years, 166 days

Valentín Elizalde[10] November 26, 2006 Murdered Mexican banda singer 27 years, 297 days

Richey Edwards[10][13][20][14] February 1, 1995 Disappeared; officially presumed dead November 23, 2008 Lyricist and guitarist for Manic Street Preachers 27 years, 41 days

Roger Lee Durham[10][14] July 27, 1973 Fell off a horse and died from the injuries Singer and percussionist of Bloodstone 27 years, 163 days

Pete de Freitas[10][11][13][15][14] June 14, 1989 Motorcycle accident Drummer for Echo & the Bunnymen 27 years, 346 days

Kurt Cobain[21] April 5, 1994 Suicide by gunshot (disputed)[25] Founding member, lead singer, guitarist and songwriter for Nirvana 27 years, 44 days

Arlester "Dyke" Christian[10] March 13, 1971 Murdered Frontman, vocalist and bassist of Dyke & the Blazers 27 years, 273 days

Louis Chauvin[10][11] March 26, 1908 Neurosyphilitic sclerosis Ragtime musician 27 years, 13 days

Rodrigo Bueno June 24, 2000 Car accident Cuarteto singer 27 years, 31 days
D. Boon[10][11][13][20][14] December 22, 1985 Van accident Guitarist, lead singer of punk band the Minutemen 27 years, 266 days

Jesse Belvin[10][11][13][14] February 6, 1960 Car accident R&B singer, pianist and songwriter 27 years, 53 days

Chris Bell[10][11][13][14] December 27, 1978 Car accident Singer-songwriter and guitarist of power pop band Big Star and solo 27 years, 349 days

Jean-Michel Basquiat[13][15][20][14] August 12, 1988 Speedball overdose Painter and graffiti artist; formed the band Gray 27 years, 234 days

Alexander Bashlachev February 17, 1988 Suicide Poet, rock musician and songwriter 27 years, 266 days

Dave Alexander[10][11][13][15][20][14] February 10, 1975 Pulmonary edema Bassist for the Stooges 27 years, 252 days

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 31yrs • M
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There are more without the musical background from the UK such as jade goodey ect

so let me ask this question.
WHY 27?
perhaps the rock and roll lifestyle catches up on the body and on average takes its effects at the age 27.
but then why the murders? is it just coincident?

perhaps there is a retirement home on a island for the retired rockers...aged 27 and over...lol

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"We breathe natures breath until we are tired and layed to rest..."
 24yrs • M •
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The truth is you could do this with anything. I'm not sure if this counts as a post hoc assumption, but other factors definitely need to be considered. Saying they all died at 27 because they were rock stars is a bit vague.

If you look at all single mothers who died at the age of 30, there's a big list also. But so is there for all single mothers who died at 50, or 20.

As for the post hoc assumption thing...It basically says 'post hoc ergo propter hoc' or, 'After this, therefore because of this' it's a flaw in human logic. For example, I think this is the Wikipedia explanation or something, but if icecream sales and murder both increase, we may assume that ice cream sales cause murder. But when we add a third factor, heat, it's clear that heat is the cause of both Ice cream sales AND murder as it leads to aggression and the uncanny ability of making us want something cold...Like ice cream.

So to say there's something special about people dying at 27 because they're rock stars is in the same way a flaw of linking death to age...Instead of things like drug abuse, alcoholism, accidents etc

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 24yrs • M •
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Actually, I may be getting confused with Spurious Correlation... But the same point stands that other factors need to be accounted for.

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"All we see or seem; is but a dream within a dream. - Edgar Allan Poe"
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