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Musicians Who Died in 2019

Updated February 20, 2020 • 3:59pm PST 186.8k views25 items

UPDATED: Read about the musicians who died in 2020

Music plays a key part in so many people's lives, and there is always sadness when a beloved musician passes away. Recent musician deaths leave quiet spots in the world where powerful forces once stood, and it's always sad when people who were important parts of music history are no longer a part of this world. When a name you recognize from your favorite albums is listed among famous people who died today, it can be deeply upsetting. Even if some rocker passings of 2019 were the unsurprising result of old age or long-term health issues, other singer deaths of 2019 came as a shock.

If you are finding it hard to keep track of musicians who died in 2019, this complete list - in chronological order, starting with most recent - of recently deceased singers, rappers, and other band members or recording artists will help. Although their beautiful voices and talents were lost this year, this list of 2019 helps us remember them. If you're having trouble recalling all the musical talents that were recently lost, check out these lists of departed musicians of 2018, 2017 and 2016 to refresh your memory.

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  • The Muffs singer-guitarist Kim Shattuck, who had been battling ALS, died on October 2, 2019, at the age of 56. 

    Her husband, Kevin Sutherland, confirmed the loss on Instagram, writing, "This morning the love of my life Kim passed peacefully in her sleep after a two-year struggle with ALS. I am the man I am today because of her. She will live with all of us through her music, our shared memories and in her fierce creative spirit. I love you forever my Kimmy. Thank you for sharing your life."

    • Genres (Music): Pop punk, Alternative rock, Punk rock, Indie rock
    • Nationality: United States of America
  • Ric Ocasek died in New York at age 75 on September 15, 2019. His death was due to hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease as well as pulmonary emphysema, according to the city’s medical examiner. There has been some confusion about Ocasek's age at his death. The NYPD said he was 75, but public records list him as 70. 

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    NBC New York, People

    • Genres (Music): Bubblegum pop, New Wave, Rock music, Garage rock, Protopunk
    • Albums: Fireball Zone, Nexterday, This Side of Paradise, Quick Change World, Troublizing
    • Nationality: United States of America

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  • Eddie Money
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    Eddie Money passed on September 13, 2019, in Los Angeles, California, after battling stage 4 esophageal cancer. His family confirmed the sad news in a statement to Rolling Stone, writing, "It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to our loving husband and father. We cannot imagine our world without him. We are grateful that he will live on forever through his music."

    In July 2019, Money cancelled his summer tour after developing pneumonia following a heart valve surgery. 

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    Rolling Stone, People

    • Genres (Music): New Wave, Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock, Hard rock
    • Albums: Nothing to Lose, The Best of Eddie Money, Good as Gold, Love and Money, Where's the Party?
    • Nationality: United States of America

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  • Daniel Johnston passed on September 10, 2019, after suffering a heart attack. The news was confirmed by his manager, Jeff Tartakov.

    His sister, Margy Johnston, said he had been hospitalized frequently in the last year, due to falling as well as reactions to adjustments made to his medication. Johnston's struggle with schizophrenia and manic-depression were covered in the 2005 documentary The Devil and Daniel Johnston.

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    Austin Chronicle, Rolling Stone

    • Genres (Music): Outsider music, Folk rock, Alternative rock, Lo-fi music, Reggaeton
    • Albums: Yip/Jump Music, 1990, Hi, How Are You, The Late Great Daniel Johnston: Discovered Covered
    • Nationality: United States of America

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