The founding member of the “Forever 27 Club,” as it has come to be known, was ex-Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones, who was discovered dead at the bottom of his swimming pool in East Sussex, England, on July 3, 1969. The Coroner’s report ruled it “death by misadventure.” Jimi Hendrix died about a year later — at 27, too — in a London hotel room on the morning of September 18, 1970, after combining too many sleeping pills with too much red wine. Janis Joplin, 27, was found just two weeks later dead inside her psychedelically painted Porsche in the parking lot of the Landmark Motor Hotel in Los Angeles. The cause of her death was ruled a probable overdose of heroin.
Twenty-seven-year-old Jim Morrison died in the bathtub of his Paris apartment on June 3, 1971. No autopsy was performed — ”heart failure,” was the official cause of death — shrouding his demise in mystery to this day (some people think it was all a hoax and that Morrison never died). The penultimate member — now that Winehouse has joined this tragically sad group — was Kurt Cobain, who was found dead of a self-inflicted shotgun wound on April 5, 1994, less than two months after his 27th birthday.