An overdose of barbiturates in the form of nine prescription sleeping pills are said to have caused rock guitar legend Jimi Hendrix to asphyxiate on his own vomit, killing him the morning of September 18, 1970 after being found unconscious in a London flat.
Janis Joplin, the legendary singer-songwriter who started with the psychedelic-acid rock band Big Brother and the Holding Company and would later go on to perform as a solo act with her own backing groups, died of an assumed heroin overdose on October 4, 1970. The OD, influenced by alcohol and what is thought to be a particularly potent batch of heroin that incited several other overdoses, felled the singer in her Hollywood house.
Though an official police report depicts Doors frontman as having died in a bathtub of a heroin overdose, myriad other versions of the singer's death exist, including accounts that he accidentally snorted some of girlfriend Pamela Courson's heroin- having mistaken it for cocaine- and died from this accidental ingestion. Regardless of the exact method, Morrison died on July 3, 1971.
Blues singer and musician Robert Johnson died of possible strychnine poisoning on August 16, 1938 after receiving whisky that was likely tampered with in a Greenwood, MS bar.
One of the original founders of The Rolling Stones, frontman Brian Jones was quickly overshadowed by the team of Keith Richards and Mick Jagger and subsequently developed a drug problem that would lead to his dismissal from the group in June 1969. Less than a month later on July 3, Jones was found in the bottom of his pool and his death was entered as a drowning "death by misadventure".
One of the most famous missing people of all time, Richey Edwards, writer and guitar player for the Manic Street Preachers, went missing of February 1, 1995, the day he was meant to leave the UK for America on a promotional tour. While sightings of the musician were reported for years to follow, Edwards has yet to be found and was declared legally dead on November 23, 2008.
Linda Jones, a soul singer whose career began at age 6 as a member of the Jones Singers, died in between sets at the Apollo Theater in Harlem on March 14, 1972 after being diagnosed with diabetes.
R&B singer Jesse Belvin, who wrote the songs "Earth Angel" and "Goodnight My Love", died in a two-car collision after fleeing a segregated dance hall in Little Rock, AR on February 6, 1960. The car Belvin was riding in was believed to had its tires tampered with (and possibly slashed) prior to the collision that killed all four occupants of Belvin's 1959 Cadillac.
Chris Bell, a solo musician and frontman of the power pop band Big Star, died when his car crashed it into a wooden pole in the early morning hours of December 27, 1978. The musician was returning from his father's restaurant in East Memphis when he lost control of his car and died on impact.