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An alarming number of musicians have died in their late 20s, leading fans to name them as part of an unsettling trend. What is the name that’s been given to this group, featuring “members” like Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse?

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The 27 Club is the name of the bizarre cultural phenomenon that appears to have touched the lives of not just musicians, but others as well, including actor Anton Yelchin, artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, and controversially, athlete and accused murderer Aaron Hernandez. In 2011, a medical journal published a study concluding that the 27 Club is more of a coincidental phenomenon than an actual statistical likelihood, so if you’re 27 and an artist, no worries.
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It’s a sad story that we’re all too familiar with: the talented musical genius with a tortured soul taken from us too soon. In the 20th century, it’s gone from rare phenomenon to cultural stereotype—all the way back to Robert Johnson through Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, to Kurt Cobain and Tupac Shakur, and all the way up to recent losses like Mac Miller and Chester Bennington. It’s an occurrence that draws a ton of attention—so much, that the phenomenon has been studied by medical journals. Every year, another luminary from the world of music seems to be lost. So how much do you really know about musicians who were taken from us too soon?


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