It’s always difficult when beloved musicians pass away before their time, but it’s even more tragic when they’re taken from us with a senseless act of violence. This time of year is a particularly harsh reminder of the many artists who have been cut down in their prime, before they were able to complete their work for the world. Last Sunday marked 33 years since peace icon John Lennon was shot dead in front of his New York City apartment building, and 9 years since Pantera shredder Dimebag Darrell was gunned down in mid-performance. As if that’s not sad enough, today is the 49th anniversary of soul legend Sam Cooke’s mysterious death in a Los Angeles motel.
Sadly they’re by no means the only names on this list. From rappers The Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur, to reggae trailblazer Peter Tosh, their deaths left us stunned and sad. Bizarrely, the crimes were sometimes perpetrated by those close to the musicians. Latin America’s own Selena was killed by the president of her fan club, and Motown great Marvin Gaye was shot by his own father! Regardless of the circumstances, we still feel the loss of these fine artists today. Thankfully, we still have their music to keep their memories and message alive. Head up to the gallery above for the most shocking murders in popular music history.
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