What famous musicians died prematurely?

The list is long for this one. First what do you consider premature – would 50 years old count? (The age Michael Jackson died at)? A lot of musicians tend to die young… part of the reason is probably due to their active risk taking lifestyle.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – 35 years old

Franz Schubert – 31 years old

Felix Mendelssohn – 38 years old

Frederic Chopin – 39 years old

Robert Schumann – 46 years old

Robert Johnson – 27 years old

Scott Joplin – 48 years old

Billie Holiday – 44 years old

Charlie Christian – 25 years old

Art Tatum – 47 years old

Bud Powell – 41 years old

John Coltrane – 40 years old

Charlie Parker – 34 years old

Eric Dolphy – 36 years old

Django Reinhardt – 43 years old

Wes Montgomery – 45 years old

Ritchie Valens – 17 years old

Buddy Holly – 22 years old

Elvis Presley – 42 years old

Otis Redding – 26 years old

Hank Williams – 29 years old

Sam Cooke – 33 years old

Brian Jones (Rolling Stones) – 27 years old

Jimi Hendrix – 27 years old

Janis Joplin – 27 years old

Jim Morrison (The Doors) – 27 years old

John Lennon (Beatles) – 40 years old

Paul Kossoff (Free) – 25 years old

Duane Allman (Allman Brothers) -24 years old

John Bonham (Led Zeppelin) – 32 years old

Keith Moon (The Who) – 32 years old

Bon Scott (AC/DC) – 33 years old

Elmore James – 45 years old

Dennis Wilson (Beach Boys) – 39 years old

Freddie King – 42 years old

Marvin Gaye – 44 years old

Freddie Mercury (Queen) – 45 years old

Cliff Burton (Metallica) – 24 years old

Randy Rhoads (Ozzy Osbourne) – 25 years old

Stevie Ray Vaughan – 35 years old

Roy Buchanan – 48 years old

Mike Bloomfield – 37 years old

Eddie Hazel (Funkadelic) – 42 years old

Allen Collins (Lynyrd Skynyrd) – 37 years old

James Jamerson – 47 years old

Shawn Lane – 40 years old

Chris Bell (Big Star) – 27 years old

Andrew Wood (MotherLoveBone) – 24 years old

Dimebag Darrell (Pantera) – 38 years old

Elliot Smith – 34 years old

Tom Evans (Badfinger) – 36 years old

Jeff Buckley – 30 years old

Rory Gallagher – 47 years old

Hillel Slovak (Red Hot Chili Peppers) – 26 years old

Kurt Cobain (Nirvana) – 27 years old

Amy Winehouse – 27 years old

Tupac – 25 years old

Michael Jackson – 50 years old

Karen Carpenter (Carpenters) – 32 years old

Teresa Teng – 42 years old

JongHyun (of kpop band SHINEE) – 27 years old

EunB and RiSe (of kpop band Ladies Code) – 22 years old

Just to name a few…