Alive from the 1950s to the 2000s, each of these rock stars and musicians were tragically taken before they reached their 30th birthdays. They may be gone, but none are forgotten thanks to each of their places on this list of the greatest rock stars who passed at 29 years old and devoted fans who keep their music alive.
While it is always tragic when rock stars pass young, it is worsened when several of the greats pass at once. Such was the case in October of 1977, when the plane carrying Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines, and Cassie Gaines of Lynyrd Skynyrd crashed in Mississippi. Both Van Zant and Cassie Gaines were 29 years old; Steve Gaines was only 28. The music ended far too soon for this trio of rock stars, but Lynyrd Skynyrd fans will never forget them.
Another great rock star who perished at a young age in a transportation accident is Marc Bolan. This star was frontman of T. Rex, the 1970s glam rock band from England. Bolan was riding as a passenger in an automobile when the car crashed and Bolan perished — only two weeks before he would have turned 30. While drugs do claim the lives many rock stars, transportation takes its toll as well. These are all people who passed at 29 years old.
They each died under different circumstances, but they were all tragedies. Their legacies live on, however, on this list of the greatest rock stars who passed at 29.
Jay Reatard, born Jimmy Lee Lindsey Jr., played with both The Reatards and Lost Sounds. He is remembered for his influential punk and indie music. In 2010 his roommate found him not breathing in his home, and his passing was eventually attributed to cocaine toxicity.
Ingo Schwichtenberg is remembered as a founding member of Helloween, a power metal band from Germany. He suffered from both drug addiction and schizophrenia, leading to him taking his own life in 1995.