Deaths timeline

  • John Belushi dies

    On March 5, 1982, Belushi was found dead in his room at Bungalow number 3 of the Chateau Marmont on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, California.... Read more

  • Marvin Gaye is murdered by his father

    On March 31, 1984, Marvin's parents had a domestic argument over misplaced business documents while Marvin, ill from drug use, lay in bed. Upon... Read more

  • D. Boon Dies

    D. Boon (born Dennes Dale Boon, April 1, 1958 – December 22, 1985) was an American singer, songwriter and guitarist. Active between 1978, when he... Read more

  • Cliff Burton, the bassist of Metallica, dies in a bus accident

    During the European leg of the Damage Inc. tour in support of Master of Puppets, the band complained that the sleeping cubicles on their tour bus... Read more

  • Andy Warhol dies

    Andy Warhol, 58, a writer, philosopher, film-maker and artist whose portraits of soup cans, celebrities and the social scene made him perhaps the... Read more

  • Jaco Pastorius, jazz bass legend, dies

    After sneaking onstage at a Carlos Santana concert September 11, 1987, and being ejected from the premises, Pastorius made his way to the Midnight... Read more

  • Alexander Bashlachev Dies

    Alexander Nickolaevich Bashlachev (Russian: Александр Николаевич Башлачёв) was a famous Russian poet, rock musician and songwriter. Bashlachev was... Read more

  • Jean-Michel Basquiat Dies

    Jean-Michel Basquiat (December 22, 1960 – August 12, 1988) was an American artist and the first African-American painter to become an international... Read more

  • Pete de Freitas Dies

    Pete Louis Vincent de Freitas (2 August 1961–14 June 1989) was a musician and producer, best known as a drummer with Echo & the Bunnymen. In... Read more

  • Andrew Wood dies of a drug overdose at 24

    On March 16, 1990, Wood was found in a comatose state by his girlfriend, having overdosed on heroin. Wood was taken to a hospital and placed on... Read more

  • Stevie Ray Vaughan dies in a plane crash at 35

    At around 1:00 a.m. on August 27, 1990, Vaughan was flying by helicopter from East Troy, Wisconsin to Chicago with members of Eric Clapton's tour... Read more

  • Roald Dahl Dies

    On this day in 1990, Roald Dahl, the best-selling author of such children’s books as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant... Read more

  • Def Leppard guitarist Steve Clark dies of a drug overdose

    At the time of his death, Clark was on a six-month leave of absence from Def Leppard. On January 8, 1991, Clark was found dead on his couch by... Read more

  • Pat Nixon Dies

    Pat Nixon died on June 22, 1993 of health problems, including emphysema and lung cancer. Her funeral services were held on the grounds of the... Read more

  • Mia Zapata Dies

    Mia Katherine Zapata (August 25, 1965 – July 7, 1993) was the lead singer for the Seattle punk band The Gits. In the fall of 1986, she helped... Read more

  • James R. Jordan, Sr., Father of Michael Jordan, Is Murdered

    James Raymond Jordan, Sr. (July 31, 1936 – July 23, 1993) was the father of the basketball superstar Michael Jordan and Army Command Sergeant Major... Read more

  • Criss Oliva, guitarist of Savatage, dies

    On October 17, 1993, at around 3:30a.m., Criss and his wife Dawn were driving north on Highway 301 on his way to the Fourth Annual Livestock... Read more

  • River Phoenix dies of a drug overdose

    The destination for the evening of October 30th 1993, was The Viper Room, a club owned by Johnny Depp, at 8852 Sunset Boulevard. River was wearing... Read more

  • Frank Zappa Dies At Age 52

    Frank Zappa died on Saturday, December 4, 1993 in his home surrounded by his wife and children. At a private ceremony the following day, Zappa was... Read more

  • Kurt Cobain Found Dead After Committing Suicide Three Days Earlier

    During the last years of his life, Cobain struggled with drug addiction and depression, as well as the professional and lifelong personal pressures... Read more

  • Kristen Pfaff Dies

    Kristen Marie Pfaff (May 26, 1967 - June 16, 1994) was an American bass guitarist, best known for her work with Hole. Pfaff was born and raised... Read more

  • Jeffrey Dahmer dies

    Dahmer was attacked twice in prison, the first time in July 1994. After attending a church service in the prison chapel, an inmate attempted to... Read more

  • Richey James Edwards Dies

    Richard James Edwards (born 22 December 1967, presumed deceased on or after 1 February 1995) was rhythm guitarist and lyricist of the alternative... Read more

  • Eazy-E Dies

    Eric Lynn Wright (September 7, 1963 – March 26, 1995), better known by the stage name Eazy-E, was an American rapper, producer, and record... Read more

  • Gene Kelly Dies

    Kelly died in his sleep at 8.15 a.m. on February 2, 1996, in Beverly Hills, California at the age of 83, after a stroke – he had also suffered a... Read more