Hopefully, I can make this list into a definitive one. Also, please note there is no ranking system. I have merely added them as I think of them, as opposed to ranking them by fame. My criteria has only one limitation: they must have passed on before 50 years old. Their nationality and reason for being "nationally" famous is irrelevant, as long as they are well known, they are suitable for adding.
Otis Redding died on December 10, 1967 at age 26. He died tragically in a plane crash traveling between gigs.
Otis Ray Redding, Jr. was an American singer-songwriter, record producer, arranger and talent scout. He is considered one of the greatest singers in the history of American popular music and a seminal artist in soul and rhythm and blues. His singing style was powerfully influential among soul ...more
Age: Died at 26 (1941-1967)
Birthplace: Dawson, Georgia, United States of America
Profession: Songwriter, Singer-songwriter, Composer, Singer
Cause Of Death: Aviation accident or incident
Place Of Death: Madison, Wisconsin, United States of America
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Sam Cooke died on December 11, 1964 at age 33. He was shot by a hotel manager who claimed that she was acting in self-defense.
Samuel "Sam" Cooke was an American recording artist and singer-songwriter, generally considered among the greatest of all time. Influential as both a singer and composer, he is commonly known as the King of Soul for his distinctive vocals and importance within popular music. His pioneering ...more
Age: Died at 33 (1931-1964)
Birthplace: Clarksdale, Mississippi, United States of America
Profession: Entrepreneur, Singer-songwriter, Singer
Cause Of Death: Firearm, Murder
Place Of Death: Hacienda Motel, Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Children: Linda Womack
#42 on The Best Singers of All Timesee more on Sam Cooke
John Lennon died on December 8, 1980 at age 40. He was shot in the back by Mark David Chapman, whom Lennon gave an autograph to earlier that day.
John Winston Ono Lennon MBE was an English singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a co-founder of the band the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. With Paul McCartney, he formed a celebrated songwriting partnership. Born and raised in ...more
Age: Died at 40 (1940-1980)
Birthplace: Liverpool, United Kingdom
Profession: Activist, Film Score Composer, Record producer, Musician, Film Producer, + more
Cause Of Death: Ballistic trauma, Hypovolemia, Assassination
Place Of Death: New York City, New York, United States of America
Children: Sean Lennon, Julian Lennon
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Marvin Gaye died on April 1, 1984 at age 44. He was shot by his father, who used a gun that Gaye had given him as a gift.
Marvin Gaye was an American singer, songwriter and musician. Gaye helped to shape the sound of Motown Records, first as an in house session player in the 1960s and later as a solo artist with a string of hits, including How Sweet It Is and I Heard It Through the Grapevine, and duet recordings with ...more
Age: Died at 45 (1939-1984)
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America
Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Composer, + more
Cause Of Death: Filicide
Place Of Death: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Children: Nona Gaye, Frankie Gaye, Marvin Pentz Gaye
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