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16 Famous Bands Whose Members Died,  And How They Handled It

Updated September 9, 2021 81.3k views16 items

How do bands go on after a core member dies, especially at the very height of their fame? Every group handles band member deaths differently: Nirvana broke up, Queen tried out different singers, and INXS turned to reality TV to find a new front man.

This list explores all the possibilities - from bands whose lead singers died to bands left without drummers, bassists, guitarists, and keyboardists. Here are the biggest bands that had a main member die and how they moved on.