Famous People Who Died At 27

The list of famous people who died at 27 includes Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Andrew Cunanan. Famous personalities featured on this list, include emperors & kings, poets, soldiers and guitarists and from other domains of life. This list of celebrities who died at 27 includes people from United States, United Kingdom, Germany & Spain and many more countries.
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Kurt Cobain
(Guitarist, Lead Vocalist and Primary Songwriter of the Rock Band 'Nirvana')
Kurt Cobain
152
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 20, 1967
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Aberdeen, Washington, United States
Died: April 5, 1994

Gaining fame as a member of the rock band Nirvana, singer-songwriter and musician Kurt Cobain was often heralded as a spokesman of Generation X. He is considered to be one of the most influential musicians in the history of alternative rock. He enjoyed tremendous professional success, but his personal life was troubled. He died of suicide at just 27.

 2 
Jimi Hendrix
(One of the Most Influential Electric Guitarists & the Greatest Instrumentalist in the History of Rock Music)
Jimi Hendrix
64
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: November 27, 1942
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States
Died: September 18, 1970

One of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century, Jimi Hendrix began playing guitar at the age of 15. As his career progressed, he became the first musician to use stereophonic phasing effects in recordings. Rolling Stone ranked him as the greatest guitarist and the sixth greatest artist of all time. He died under mysterious circumstances at the age of 27.

 3 
Amy Jade Winehouse
(Known for Her Deep, Expressive Contralto Vocals and Her Eclectic Mix of Musical Genres)
Amy Jade Winehouse
116
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 14, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Enfield, London, England
Died: July 23, 2011
Soul and jazz singer Amy Winehouse is best remembered for her tracks Stronger Than Me and Rehab. She was the first British female to win five Grammys. Following her death due to alcohol poisoning at age 27, her album Back to Black became U.K.’s best-selling album of the 21st century.
 4 
Janis Joplin
(American Singer Known for Her Powerful Mezzo-Soprano Vocals)
Janis Joplin
70
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 19, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Port Arthur, Texas, United States
Died: October 4, 1970

Best known for her powerful mezzo-soprano voice, Janis Joplin was one of the most successful rock stars of her era. Before dying at the age of 27, she achieved so much that Rolling Stone magazine included her in its 100 Greatest Artists of All Time list in 2004 and 100 Greatest Singers of All Time list in 2008.

 5 
Jim Morrison
(Lead Vocalist of the Rock Band 'The Doors')
Jim Morrison
92
Birthdate: December 8, 1943
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Melbourne, Florida, United States
Died: July 3, 1971

Considered the prototypical rock star, Jim Morrison remains one of the most influential singer-songwriters, almost five decades after his death. Jim influenced the counterculture of the 1960s as he embodied the hippie counterculture rebellion. Due to his erratic performances and wild personality, he is regarded as one of the most iconic frontmen in rock history.

 6 
Jean-Michel Basquiat
(American Artist Who Became Popular During the 1980s as Part of the Neo-Expressionism Movement)
Jean-Michel Basquiat
41
Birthdate: December 22, 1960
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: August 12, 1988

Jean-Michel Basquiat was an American artist whose legacy has had an influence upon fashion, film, music, and literature. He serves as an inspiration to street artists as he started off as one, painting graffiti on buildings. After his death, at the age of 27, the value of his work has increased; in 2017, one of his paintings sold for a record $110.5 million.

 7 
Pat Tillman
(American Professional Football Player Who Joined Army After September 11, 2001 Attacks)
Pat Tillman
29
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 6, 1976
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Fremont, California, United States
Died: April 22, 2004

Pat Tillman was an American football player who represented the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League. Tillman's decision to join the US Army after the September 11, 2001 attacks proved to be costly as he died in Afghanistan as a result of friendly fire. He became the first football player since Bob Kalsu to be killed in combat.

 8 
Jonathan Brandis
34
Birthdate: April 13, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Danbury, Connecticut
Died: November 12, 2003
Jonathan Brandis began as a child actor/model and made his acting debut with One Life to Live. He was best known for his Saturn Award-nominated performance in The Never Ending Story II and for his role of Lucas Wolenczak in seaQuest DSV. He eventually committed suicide due to depression.
 9 
Robert Johnson
28
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 8, 1911
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hazlehurst, Mississippi, United States
Died: August 16, 1938

Singer and guitarist Robert Johnson is remembered as a Delta blues legend. Lack of proper documentation of his early life led to various legends surrounding him, such as one that claimed he had made a deal with the Devil to excel in music. He also inspired an award-winning biography. 

 10 
Brian Jones
(English Multi-Instrumentalist, Singer and Founder of the Rock Band 'The Rolling Stones')
Brian Jones
33
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: February 28, 1942
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England
Died: July 3, 1969

Brian Jones was an English musician credited with founding the world-renowned rock band, The Rolling Stones. He was also considered the original leader of the band before his fellow band members, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, took over the musical direction of the band. Jones became the first member of the infamous 27 Club, when he died at age 27.

 11 
Anton Yelchin
(American Actor Best Known for His Role as 'Pavel Chekov' in the 'Star Trek' Reboot Film Series)
Anton Yelchin
29
Birthdate: March 11, 1989
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: June 19, 2016

As an actor, who was also interested in photography and playing the guitar, Anton Yelchin was a man of many talents. Unfortunately, he was involved in a freak accident that killed him when he was 27. Such was his impact in Hollywood that a bronze statue of his was erected at his grave and many celebrities attended the unveiling ceremony.

 12 
Kim Jong-hyun
(Singer-songwriter)
Kim Jong-hyun
45
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 8, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: yehwa-dong, Seoul
Died: December 18, 2017

Kim Jong-hyun was a South Korean record producer, singer-songwriter, author, and radio host. Kim was the principal vocalist of the popular boy band Shinee before he committed suicide at the age of 27. In 2018, his family members established the Shiny Foundation in an attempt to help struggling young artists.

 13 
Thuy Trang
(Vietnamese-American Actress, Known for Her Role as ‘Trini Kwan’ in the TV Series ‘Mighty Morphin Power Rangers’)
Thuy Trang
35
Birthdate: December 14, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Died: September 3, 2001

Thuy Trang was a Vietnamese-American actress who is remembered for her portrayal of the first Yellow Ranger on the popular TV series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Unfortunately, she joined the infamous 27 Club when she passed away after suffering internal injuries caused by a car accident on September 3, 2001, in San Francisco, California, USA.

 14 
Laci Peterson
Laci Peterson
14
Birthdate: May 4, 1975
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Modesto
Died: December 24, 2002
 15 
Pamela Courson
(Jim Morrison’s Partner)
Pamela Courson
16
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 22, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Weed, California, United States
Died: April 25, 1974
Pamela Courson was the girlfriend of legendary singer Jim Morrison of the iconic rock band The Doors. She was the one who found Morrison dead in the bathtub of their Paris apartment in 1971. She inherited his fortune and was dragged into court battles for 2 years.
 16 
Bobby Sands
(Former Member of the Provisional Irish Republican Army Who Died on a Hunger Strike)
Bobby Sands
14
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: March 9, 1954
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Newtownabbey, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
Died: May 5, 1981

Robert Gerard Sands, better known as Bobby Sands, was a Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) member, who died during a 1981 hunger strike, along with nine other strikers, protesting against the removal of Special Category Status from IRA prisoners. He had helped plot the 1976 Balmoral Furniture Company bombing.

 17 
Ahmed I
(Ottoman Emperor)
Ahmed I
16
Birthdate: April 18, 1590
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Manisa, Turkey
Died: November 22, 1617
Ahmed I reigned as the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire from 1603 till 1617. He ended the Ottoman tradition of royal fratricide upon taking over the throne. He constructed the iconic Blue Mosque of Turkey. He also patronized art, especially calligraphy, and wrote poems under the pseudonym Bahti.
 18 
Reggie Lewis
(Basketball player)
Reggie Lewis
9
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 21, 1965
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland
Died: July 27, 1993
 19 
Pete Ham
(Welsh Singer-Songwriter and Lead Vocalist for the 1970s Rock Band ‘Badfinger’)
Pete Ham
5
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 27, 1947
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Swansea, West Glamorgan, Wales
Died: April 24, 1975

Welsh musician Pete Ham soared to fame as the lead singer and composer of the rock band Badfinger. Known for iconic hits such as No Matter What, he also co-wrote the classic Without You. After the band’s manager defrauded and vanished, Ham committed suicide by hanging himself in his garage.

 20 
Fredo Santana
(Rapper Known for His Albums ‘Trappin Ain't Dead’ and ‘Fredo Kruger 2’)
Fredo Santana
22
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 4, 1990
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: January 19, 2018

Fredo Santana was an American rapper whose debut studio album peaked at number 45 on Billboard 200 chart. Santana suffered from drug addiction throughout his life and attributed his addiction to trauma experienced in his childhood. Eventually, his addiction took a toll on his health and he died in 2018 at the age of 27, joining the dreaded 27 Club.

 21 
Charles VIII of France
(King of France from 1483 to 1498)
Charles VIII of France
4
Birthdate: June 30, 1470
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Amboise, France
Died: April 7, 1498
Charles VIII, the only son of Louis XI, was a sickly 13-year-old when he succeeded his father. He made a few initial conquests in the Italian Wars. He died rather unceremoniously, after striking his dead against a door lintel while on his way to watch a game of court tennis.
 22 
Ennis Cosby
(Teacher)
Ennis Cosby
8
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 15, 1969
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: January 16, 1997

The only son of comedian Bill Cosby, Ennis Cosby made headlines when he was shot dead at 27, in an attempted robbery on a deserted Southern California road. He was dyslexic and discussed his disability with the children he taught as a student-teacher at the Alfred E. Smith Elementary School.

 23 
Henry Moseley
(Physicist)
Henry Moseley
9
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: November 23, 1887
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Weymouth, Dorset, England
Died: August 10, 1915

Henry Moseley was an English physicist best known for his development of Moseley's law in X-ray spectra. He made major contributions to the fields of atomic physics, nuclear physics, and quantum physics. He was working at the University of Oxford when World War I broke out, following which he went to volunteer for the Royal Engineers of the British Army. 

 24 
Rupert Brooke
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 3, 1887
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rugby
Died: April 23, 1915
 25 
Richey Edwards
(Lyricist and Rhythm Guitarist of the Alternative Rock Band Manic Street Preachers)
Richey Edwards
10
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 22, 1967
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Blackwood, Wales
Died: February 1, 1995
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 26 
Gerry Bertier
(American football player)
Gerry Bertier
9
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 20, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Alexandria, Virginia, United States
Died: March 20, 1981
 27 
Kristen Pfaff
(Bassist)
Kristen Pfaff
3
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: May 26, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, United States
Died: June 16, 1994
 28 
Mia Zapata
(Singer, Musician, Guitarist, Pianist)
Mia Zapata
6
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 25, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: July 7, 1993
 29 
Alan Wilson
(singer, singer-songwriter, guitarist)
Alan Wilson
5
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: July 4, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Boston
Died: September 3, 1970
 30 
Camilo Cienfuegos
(Armed force officer)
Camilo Cienfuegos
5
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 6, 1932
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Havana
Died: October 28, 1959

Camilo Cienfuegos was a Cuban revolutionary who was part of the 1956 Granma expedition alongside Che Guevara and Fidel Castro. He went on to become one of Fidel Castro's top guerrilla commanders and played an important role in winning the Battle of Yaguajay, which earned him the nickname Hero of Yaguajay. Camilo Cienfuegos is revered as a hero in Cuba.

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Jerome Brown
(American football player)
Jerome Brown
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 4, 1965
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Brooksville, Florida, United States
Died: June 25, 1992
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 32 
Execution of Navid Afkari
(Wrestler)
Execution of Navid Afkari
21
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 22, 1993
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Shiraz, Iran
Died: September 12, 2020

Navid Afkari Sangari was an Iranian professional wrestler who was executed in Shiraz for killing a security guard as part of the 2018 Iranian protests. The execution took place despite opposition from the USA and IOC President Thomas Bach. Interestingly, an audiotape recording later indicated that Navid Afkari had no connection with the murder. 

 33 
Joseph Merrick
(Elephant Man)
Joseph Merrick
14
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 5, 1862
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Leicester
Died: April 11, 1890
Joseph Merrick was an English man with several physical deformities, including a lump on his forehead, caused by Proteus syndrome and neurofibromatosis type I. He initially went around England, as a freak-show exhibit, nicknamed “The Elephant Man” and eventually joined a circus. Filmmaker David Lynch made a movie on him.
 34 
Yazdegerd III
(King)
Yazdegerd III
5
Birthdate: 0624 AD
Birthplace: Estakhr, Iran
Died: 0651 AD
 35 
Lyman Bostock
(Baseball player)
Lyman Bostock
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 22, 1950
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, United States
Died: September 23, 1978
 36 
Masako Natsume
(Actor, Model, Poet)
Masako Natsume
0
Birthdate: December 17, 1957
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tokyo
Died: September 11, 1985

Masako Natsume was a Japanese actress who achieved worldwide fame after playing Tripitaka in the popular Japanese television series Monkey. Throughout her brief career, Natsume won several awards like the Elan d'or Awards. Masako Natsume remains a household name in Japan; calendars and picture books featuring pictures of Masako Natsume are still popular today.

 37 
Kami
(Musician)
Kami
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: February 1, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ibaraki, Japan
Died: June 21, 1999
 38 
Lothar von Richthofen
(Aviator, Military personnel)
Lothar von Richthofen
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 27, 1894
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Wrocław
Died: July 4, 1922

Lothar von Richthofen was a German flying ace who served during the First World War. He was the younger brother of another aviator Manfred von Richthofen, whose life inspired the 2008 German-British biopic The Red Baron where Lothar von Richthofen was played by German actor Volker Bruch. Richthofen died in a flying accident when he was just 27 years old.

 39 
John Birch
(Baptist Missionary and World War II-Era United States Office of Strategic Services Intelligence Officer)
John Birch
3
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 28, 1918
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Uttarakhand, India
Died: August 25, 1945

John Birch was an American missionary and Baptist minister. A US Army Air Forces military intelligence captain, Birch also played a key role during the Second World War, serving as an OSS agent in China. Killed during a confrontation with Communist soldiers in China, John Birch was posthumously honored with the Army Distinguished Service Medal.

 40 
Soledad Miranda
(Actress)
Soledad Miranda
5
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 9, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Seville, Spain
Died: August 18, 1970
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 41 
August Macke
(German Expressionist Painter Known for His Colorful Landscape Paintings)
August Macke
0
Birthdate: January 3, 1887
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Meschede, Germany
Died: September 26, 1914

A leader of the Expressionist group The Blue Rider, German artist August Macke had initially drawn inspiration from his amateur artist father’s paintings. His works, such as Three Girls in a Barque, focused on human subjects and mingled German and French traditions. He was killed while fighting in World War I.

 42 
Tsarevich Ivan Ivanovich of Russia
(Tsarevich (heir apparent) of Russia and the son of Ivan the Terrible)
Tsarevich Ivan Ivanovich of Russia
4
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 28, 1554
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: November 19, 1581
 43 
Leonard Siffleet
(Australian Commando of World War II)
Leonard Siffleet
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 14, 1916
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Gunnedah, Australia
Died: October 24, 1943

Australian special operations soldier Leonard Siffleet was an avid sports lover in his youth. Although rejected from the police force due to poor vision, he made it to the army. He went down in history for being brutally beheaded by the Japanese army, a photograph of which was later retrieved by American soldiers.

 44 
Claude of France
(French Princess and Former Duchess Consort of Lorraine (1559 - 1575))
Claude of France
2
Birthdate: November 12, 1547
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Fontainebleau, France
Died: February 21, 1575

French princess Claude of France, who was the daughter of King Henry II of France, later became the duchess consort of Lorraine by her marriage to Charles III, Duke of Lorraine. She is known to have suffered from a club foot and a hunchback, traits she inherited from her mother, Catherine de' Medici.

 45 
Louise of Great Britain
(Queen)
Louise of Great Britain
3
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 18, 1724
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Leicester House, London, England
Died: December 19, 1751
 46 
Christian Benitez
(Ecuadorian Professional Footballer Who Played as a Striker)
Christian Benitez
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 1, 1986
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Quito, Ecuador
Died: July 29, 2013
 47 
Isabella of Aragon, Queen of Portugal
(Queen)
Isabella of Aragon, Queen of Portugal
2
Birthdate: October 2, 1470
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dueñas, Palencia, Spain
Died: August 23, 1498
 48 
Isaipriya
(Actress, journalist)
Isaipriya
0
Birthdate: 1982 AD
Birthplace: Sri Lanka
Died: 2009 AD
 49 
Murad IV
(Ottoman Sultan)
Murad IV
10
Birthdate: July 26, 1612
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Constantinople, Ottoman Empire
Died: February 8, 1640

Murad IV, who ruled as the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire from 1623 to 1640, was infamous for his cruelty. He took over the throne at 11 and subsequently came to be known for his exploits in the Ottoman–Safavid War, which changed the map of the Caucasus.

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Andre Spitzer
(Israeli Fencing Master and Coach of Israel’s 1972 Summer Olympics Team)
Andre Spitzer
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 4, 1945
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Timișoara, Romania
Died: September 6, 1972

Andre Spitzer was a fencing master who served as the coach of Israel's 1972 Summer Olympics team. He served in the Israeli Air Force before studying fencing at Israel's National Sport Academy. He became Israel’s top fencing instructor at the age of 27. He was killed in the terrorist attack known as the Munich massacre.