41 years ago today, on July 3, 1971, Jim Morrison died in Paris of apparent heart failure. He was 27 years old, the age Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin were when they died (separately) the year before, the age Kurt Cobain was when he committed suicide in 1994, and the age Amy Winehouse was at the time of her death in 2011. In fact, so many well-known musicians have passed away at the age of 27 that the phenomenon has a nickname: the 27 Club.
So is there a correlation between being a famous musician and dying at age 27? Medical science says ... not really. Research published last December in the British Medical Journal found that while fame may increase the risk of death for musicians - they found musicians in their 20s and 30s were two to three times more likely to die prematurely than the general UK population - that risk is not limited to age 27.
Still, the list of legendary musicians who died at 27 includes some of the greatest who ever lived. And that means the myth of the 27 Club will probably live on. To commemorate Jim Morrison and the many other talented musicians who passed away at the same age, here are some of their songs:
Jim Morrison - The Doors Perform 'Light My Fire'
Jimi Hendrix - 'Rock Me Baby' At Monterey Pop Festival
Kurt Cobain - Nirvana Plays 'Heart Shaped Box' In Rome, Italy
Amy Winehouse - 'Tears Dry On Their Own'
Chris Bell - 'I Am The Cosmos'
D. Boon - The Minutemen Perform 'History Lesson - Part II'
Janis Joplin - 'Cry Baby' Live In Toronto
Brian Jones - The Rolling Stones Perform 'Carol' & 'Tell Me' With Brian On Lead Guitar
Robert Johnson - 'Me And The Devil Blues'
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