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The 27 club: Celebrities who died young

Published 6:37 AM ET, Mon June 20, 2016
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Guitarist Brian Jones, a founding member of the Rolling Stones, was found dead in a swimming pool on July 3, 1969 after a party at his home. Rumors abounded that he'd been the victim of a crime, and in 2009, police in Sussex, England, began to look into his death once again. John Hoppy Hopkins/Redferns
Jimi Hendrix died on September 18, 1970. According to Rolling Stone, police said at the time that it was a drug overdose and that he suffocated on his own vomit. Getty Images/Hulton Archive
American blues-rock singer Janis Joplin died on October 4, 1970. She was found in her hotel room, dead of a heroin overdose. Evening Standard/Getty Images
Jim Morrison, lead singer of The Doors,was found dead in his Paris apartment bathtub on July 3, 1971. French officials ruled his death was heart failure and did not perform an autopsy, fueling controversial theories around his death. Getty Images
Ron "Pigpen" McKernan (center) was a member of the American psychedelic rock band The Grateful Dead. He died on March 8, 1973 of a gastrointestinal hemorrhage. Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Jean Michel Basquiat was an American artist heavily involved with the post-punk art movement and a close collaborator of Andy Warhol. He died on August 12, 1988, following a heroin overdose at his art studio on Great Jones Street, New York. © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.
Kurt Cobain, Nirvana's lead singer and founder, was found dead on April 5, 1994. He died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
British songstress Amy Winehouse was found dead in her London home in July 2011. The soulful singer, who openly struggled with drug and alcohol abuse during her career, died of accidental alcohol poisoning. Matt Cardy/Getty Images
Anton Yelchin, a charismatic and rising actor best known for playing Chekov in the new "Star Trek" films, was killed in a fatal traffic collision on June 19, 2016. Richard Shotwell/AP