Musicians often pass at a young age and, unfortunately, there are many country singers who died young. Various accidents and illnesses have resulted in some beloved country singers perishing before their time. Some famous country musicians who died young were in plane crashes while others died of ailments like cancer. A few famous country singers who died young struggled with addiction.
Hank Williams died on January 1, 1953 at the age of 29 in a car on his way to a concert venue in Ohio. In 2016, Joey Feek died as a result of cervical cancer at the age of 40. Patsy Cline died in a plane crash at 30. Other famous country musicians who died young include Tammy Wynette, Mindy McCready, and Troy Gentry.
Are you surprised that so many country singers died before 40 or 50? Take a look at this list to learn more about the untimely deaths of beloved country icons.
The death of Gram Parsons at 26 shocked fans. Parsons overdosed on morphine and alcohol at Joshua Tree Park in California on September 19, 1973.
Age: Dec. at 27 (1946-1973)
Birthplace: Winter Haven, Florida
Cause Of Death: Drug overdose
Place Of Death: Joshua Tree, California
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After years of abusing drugs and alcohol, Hank Williams died on January 1, 1953 at the age of 29. He died as a passenger in a car on his way to a concert venue in Ohio.
Age: Dec. at 30 (1923-1953)
Birthplace: Mount Olive, Alabama
Place Of Death: Oak Hill, West Virginia
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Patsy Cline died in a plane crash in 1963. The 30-year-old singer was posthumously inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1973.
Age: Dec. at 30 (1932-1963)
Birthplace: Gore, Virginia
Cause Of Death: Aviation accident or incident
Place Of Death: Camden, Tennessee
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At the age of 34, Keith Whitley died of alcohol poisoning on May 9, 1989. His blood alcohol limit was tested at .47 at the time of his death.
Age: Dec. at 34 (1955-1989)
Birthplace: Ashland, Kentucky
Place Of Death: Goodlettsville, Tennessee
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