Musicians Who Died in 2015 

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Updated January 3, 2019 708.8k views 40 items

This list of famous musicians who have died in 2015 is a complete list of singers, songwriters, and performers who will now be making sweet music for the angels. This is a list of the celebrity musicians who have passed so far this year, a round-up that is continuously updated as musicians die and includes all the musicians who have ODed, the singers who died in accidents, and the performers that died of natural causes in 2015. Their songs will live on forever, even if their careers on Earth have come to an end.

If you're wondering what famous musicians died in 2014, check out famous musicians who died in 2014. For the complete list of recent musician deaths in 2015, you’ll find them all here. If a notable singer or performer dies this year, they'll be on the list.

This list will be updated along with the Celebrity Deaths 2015 as more people leave this world. RIP, musical greats. You will be missed, along with the musicians we lost in 2019.

Lemmy Kilmister is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Musicians Who Died in 2015
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December 28, 2015: Motörhead singer Ian Fraser "Lemmy" Kilmister died at the age of 70. Diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer just days ago, the iconic singer leaves behind a legacy that includes 20 studio albums totalling over 30 millions sales worldwide.

More Lemmy obituaries:
Spin, Consequence of Sound

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#346 of 668 The Best Rock Vocalists #66 of 398 The Best Frontmen in Rock #83 of 204 The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time

Scott Weiland is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Musicians Who Died in 2015
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December 3, 2015: Former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland was found dead on his tour bus. Just 48, Weiland died from an overdose of drugs and alcohol before being found, "hard as a rock," in the bus. Weiland had been scheduled to play a show with his band, Scott Weiland & the Wildabouts. 

More Scott Weiland obituaries:
NY Daily News, Huffington Post

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#98 of 668 The Best Rock Vocalists #909 of 2,211 The Best Rock Bands of All Time #48 of 398 The Best Frontmen in Rock

Phil Taylor is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Musicians Who Died in 2015
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November 11, 2015: Motorhead drummer Phil Taylor passed away at the age of 61. He played with the heavy metal band for 14 years in the '70s, '80s, and '90s (despite leaving he group for three years in 1984). The band posted about his death on the official Facebook page, saying, "Lil' Philthy...he who fuelled many a young boy's punk/metal hairstyles...he who played the drums with fury and intent...friend, Roman, in peace...with much love."

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Billboard, BBC, Facebook

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#125 of 576 The Best Drummers Of All Time #190 of 200 Rock Stars Whose Deaths Were The Most Untimely #41 of 77 The Best Metal Drummers of All Time

Tommy Overstreet is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Musicians Who Died in 2015
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November 2, 2015: Country singer Tommy Overstreet died at the age of 78. During his career, he had 23 hits make the top 40, including "Ann (Don't Go Runnin')" which hit number two. He also appeared on popular TV shows in the '60s and '70s, like Hee Haw and The Midnight Special.

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