Top 10 Most Shocking Rockstar Deaths

Kurt Cobain (Nirvana: The death of Kurt Cobain in 1994 sent shockwaves through the music world.

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Layne Staley (Alice in Chains: Layne Staley's death in 2002 from a drug overdose marked the end of an era for Alice in Chains and the grunge movement.

John Lennon (The Beatles: The murder of John Lennon in 1980 shocked the world.

Jimi Hendrix: Widely regarded as one of the greatest guitarists of all time, Jimi Hendrix died in 1970 at the age of 27 from a drug overdose.

Jim Morrison (The Doors: Jim Morrison's death in 1971 at the age of 27, initially attributed to heart failure.

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Janis Joplin: Known for her powerful vocals and raw emotional delivery, Janis Joplin died in 1970 at the age of 27 from a heroin overdose.

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Freddie Mercury (Queen: Freddie Mercury's death in 1991 from complications related to AIDS stunned the music world.

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Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, Audioslave: Chris Cornell's death in 2017, ruled a suicide by hanging, shocked fans and fellow musicians alike.

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Chester Bennington (Linkin Park: Chester Bennington's death in 2017, ruled a suicide by hanging, shocked fans of Linkin Park.

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Amy Winehouse: Known for her soulful voice and troubled personal life, Amy Winehouse died in 2011 at the age of 27 from alcohol poisoning.

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