Musicians of the Past 15 Years Who Died Too Young

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Musicians of the Past 15 Years Who Died Too Young
Death never seems fair. But for some, it seems especially ill-fated. So many young artists hit the scene, and before their careers have a chance to fully blossom, they meet their ultimate fates.

We’re remembering a handful of artists who have passed before their time in the past fifteen years.

Aaliyah, 1979-2001. At the mere age of 22, Aaliyah was killed in a plane crash. Investigations showed that the pilot was inexperienced and had cocaine and alcohol in his system.

Elliott Smith, 1969-2003. Elliott Smith was a singer-songwriter whose music was featured in Good Will Hunting. Only a few years after he was asked to perform at the Oscars and his career was truly blooming, Smith was found dead in his Los Angeles home with two stab wounds to the chest. The autopsy evidence has been inconclusive as to whether the wounds were self-inflicted.

The Notorious B.I.G., 1972-1997. He was the face of the East Coast during the infamous hip hop feud of the nineties. While in Los Angeles shooting a music video, the rapper was gunned down in a drive-by. His murder remains an unsolved mystery.

Tupac Shakur, 1971-1996. While in Las Vegas, Tupac got into a fight with a member of the Crips gang. Later that night, while driving, a car pulled up to him and fired off about a dozen rounds. Tupac died only a few days later.

Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, 1971-2002. Lopes was a member of highly successful all-girl group, TLC, when she died in a car crash. Lopes hit a vehicle head on while trying to avoid a truck and was thrown out of her car.

Selena, 1971-1995. The Mexican-American songwriter was named “top Latin artist of the 90s”, having the most successful singles of 1994 and 1995. At nearly the height of her popularity, Selena was murdered by Yolando Saldivar, the president of her fan club.

Kurt Cobain 1967-1994. Another famous musician who died at the cursed age of 27 (also includes Robert Johnson, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix), Cobain was at the height of his career when he was found dead with a shotgun wound to the head and questionable suicide note next to his body.

Bradley Nowell (Sublime) 1968-1996. Bradley had everything going for him—a new wife, a child, a record deal, and a European tour that was just about to start. But only weeks before the tour, Nowell was found dead from a drug overdose.

So many stars have died before they’ve had a chance to see how well their careers would’ve unfolded. What artists do you remember who passed away too soon?
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