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The Death of Rock: The Chronology

2015 - Present

Artists are listed alphabetically within year of demise.

Key

Some entries have special notations prior to their names. They represent induction into one of the following Halls of Fame:
* denotes induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
# indicates induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
^ symbolizes induction into the Blues Hall of Fame.

2015

Mike Porcaro
Lou Gehrig's Disease. Porcaro was the bassist for the band, Toto (and brother to Jeff). The group garnered six Grammy Awards in its heyday. Porcaro was 59. "Africa," "Rosanna," "Hold the Line"

Scott Weiland

Scott Weiland

Scott Weiland
found dead in his bed on his tour bus of an accidental overdose of drugs and alcohol. He was 48. Weiland was the lead singer of Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver. Stone Temple Pilots were one of the most successful bands of the grunge era with 11 top ten hits. "Plush," "Creep," "Interstate Love Song," "Big Empty"

2016

Pete Burns
cardiac arrest, age 57. Burns was the lead singer of Dead or Alive, popular for their 1985 dance hit, "You Spin Me Round." The artist also appeared on television's Celebrity Big Brother in 2006.

Eddie Harsch
(Edward Hawrysch) died at the age of 59 of undisclosed causes. He was the keyboardist for the Black Crowes and a member of Bulldog. The Black Crowes: "Hard to Handle," "She Talks to Angels," "Twice As Hard," "Jealous Again"

Nick Menza
Former Megadeth drummer, Nick Menza, died after collapsing on stage while performing with his band, OHM. The musician suffered a heart attack at the age of 51. Menza performed with Megadeth at the height of their success, appearing on such albums as Rust in Peace, Countdown to Extinction and Youthanasia.

George Michael

George Michael

George Michael
(Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou), cardiac arrest, age 53. He died peacefully in his sleep. Michael hit the scene with the pop duo, Wham! and then followed that success with a phenomenal solo career. He won two Grammy Awards. With Wham!: "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go," "Careless Whisper" As a solo artist: "I Want Your Sex," "Praying for Time, "Freedom! 90," "Faith," "Monkey," "Father Figure"

Prince

Prince

Prince
(Prince Rogers Nelson), accidental overdose of fentanyl, an opiod (pain killer). Fentanyl is prescribed by doctors for cancer treatment and is 25 to 50 times more potent than heroin. It is unclear whether the artist was prescribed the drug or came about it illegally. Prince was 57. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2004. He has won an Academy Award, two Brit Awards, a Golden Globe, 7 Grammy Awards and 4 MTV Video Music Awards (and one Golden Raspberry Award). "When Doves Cry," "Purple Rain," "Let's Go Crazy," "Raspberry Beret," "Kiss"

PM Dawn

P.M. Dawn: Prince Be and DJ Minutemix

Prince Be
(Attrell Cordes), diabetes and renal disease. He was 46. Cordes founded the psychedelic '90s R&B group, P.M. Dawn, with his brother, Jarrett (DJ Minutemix). "Set Adrift on Memory Bliss," "I'd Die Without You," "Looking Through Patient Eyes"

Matt Roberts
former lead guitarist and backing vocalist (1996-2012) for 3 Doors Down. His cause of death is unknown; he was 38. Roberts was a founding member of the group. "Kryptonite," "When I'm Gone," "Here Without You"

James Woolley
former keyboardist (1991-1994) for Nine Inch Nails. His cause of death is unknown; he was 40. Woolley appeared on the band's influential album, The Downward Spiral. He won a Grammy in 1993 for "Best Metal Performance" for "Wish." "Closer," "Hurt," "March of the Pigs"

2017

Tommmy Page
suicide, age 46. Page was best known for his 1990 Number One single which he performed with members of New Kids On The Block, "I'll Be Your Everything."

Chris Cornell

Chris Cornell

Chris Cornell
suicide. After finishing a show in Detroit, Cornell returned to his hotel room and hung himself. He was 52. Cornell was a grunge legend, fronting the supergroups Soundgarden and Audioslave. Soundgarden won two Grammy Awards. With Soundgarden: "Slaves and Bulldozers," "Rusty Cage," "Spoonman," "Black Hole Sun," "Pretty Noose, "Burden in My Hand." With Audioslave: "Cochise," "Like A Stone," "Doesn't Remind Me"

Chester Bennington

Chester Bennington

Chester Bennington
suicide, age 41. Bennington was the lead singer for rock outfit, Linkin Park. Their mash-up "Numb/Encore" which paired their song "Numb" with rapper Jay Z's song "Encore" scored them a Grammy Award in 2006. "In the End," "Crawling," "What I've Done," "New Divide"

Gordon Downie
brain cancer, age 53. Downie sang lead for the Canadian band, The Tragically Hip. In 2002, the group was given a star on Canada's Walk of Fame and in 2005 they were inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. The band has won over a dozen Juno Awards and was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2017. "Courage," "Ahead by a Century," "Poets," "In View"

Grant Hart
liver cancer at the age of 56. Hart was a singer and the drummer of Husker Du. "Eight Miles High," "Makes No Sense At All," "Don't Want to Know If You Are Lonely"

2018

Vinnie Paul
(Vincent Paul Abbott), dilated cardiomyopathy and coronary artery disease; he was 54. Vinnie Paul was the drummer and co-founder of Pantera and Damageplan (with his brother, "Dimebag" Darrell, see 2004) and a member of Hellyeah. Pantera: "Planet Caravan," "Revolution is My Name," "Piss"

Jill Janus
lead singer of the metal band, Huntress. Janus committed suicide. She was 43. "Eight of Swords," "Spell Eater," "Zenith," "Sorrow"

Dolores O'Riordan

Dolores O'Riordan

Dolores O'Riordan
drowned in the bath while intoxicated. Toxicology tests found she had more than four times the legal alcohol limit for driving. She was 46. O'Riordan was the lead singer for the Irish rock/pop band, The Cranberries. "Zombie," "Linger," "Dreams" "Ode to My Family"

2019

Neal Casal
age 50; cause of death undisclosed. Casal was a guitarist who was a member of The Cardinals, and played with Willie Nelson, Phil Lesh and Chris Robinson.

Daniel Johnston
"natural causes" after being hospitalized with a kidney ailment; he was 58. Johnston was an influential artist who was admired by the likes of Kurt Cobain (see 1994), Matt Groening and Tom Waits. Artists such as Pearl Jam, The Flaming Lips, Death Cab for Cutie, Bright Eyes, and Beck covered his songs. "Life in Vain," "True Love Will Find You in the End," "Walking the Cow"

Keith Flint

Keith Flint

Keith Flint
suicide. Flint was 49. He was the lead singer of the dance/electronic/punk band, Prodigy. "Firestarter," "Breathe," "Smack My Bitch Up"

2020

Adam Schlesinger
coronavirus; age 52. Schlesinger was a singer/songwriter ("That Thing You Do!" from the film of the same name) and co-founder of Fountains of Wayne ("Stacy's Mom"). Based on his songwriting skills, he earned three Emmys and was nominated for a Academy Award and a Golden Globe.

2021

SOPHIE
(Sophie Xeon), died in "a terrible accident"; she was 34. A trans woman, SOPHIE was a trans rights activist. She worked with Madonna to co-produce the single "Bitch, I'm Madonna" and collaborated with Charli XCX on the EP Vroom Vroom. SOPHIE's debut album Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides was awarded a Grammy nomination for Best Dance/Electronic Album. Her singles include "Bipp" and "Lemonade".