collection: famous music deaths

started by crabapple

patsy cline plane crash memorial

from patsy cline posted in music by pete_nice

On March 5, 1963, country singers Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas, and Hawkshaw Hawkins were being flown from Kansas City, KA to Nashville, TN in a Piper PA-24 Comanche plane. The plane was piloted by Cline's manager Randy Hughes, who was not an instrument-rated pilot and relied on visual flight rules.

The inclement weather on that night caused the plane to crash at this location, where all aboard died. An inscribed rock on a cement slab marks the location. Patsy Cline was 30 years old.

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hacienda motel

from sam cooke posted in music by crabapple

On December 11, 1964, Sam Cooke ran up to the manager's office at this motel, clad only in a shoe and a sports jacket.

Although the circumstances leading up to and after that encounter are still debated, the results were the same: Sam Cooke was fatally shot in the torso. He was 33 years old.

Reportedly, his last words were, "Lady, You Shot Me."

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whitney houston’s deathplace

from whitney houston posted in music by prof_improbable

Whitney Houston, 48, died on the 4th floor of the Beverly Hilton hotel on February 11, 2012. Houston and her entourage were at the location for the Grammys on Sunday, February 12. Paramedics were on the scene for a separate Grammy party, and received a call at 3:43 pm. Their attempts to resuscitate the pop icon failed, and Houston was pronounced dead at the scene at 3:55 pm.

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michael hutchence’s deathplace

from inxs posted in music by ratsnamgod

On November 22nd, 1997, INXS singer Michael Hutchence was found dead, and nude, in Room 524 of the hotel. The coroner's office ruled the death as a suicide, though many believe his death was caused by autoerotic asphyxiation. The hotel permanently closed in March 2009.

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where bon scott died

from bon scott, ac/dc posted in music by tacopolis

On February 19, 1980, Bon Scott was drinking heavily at the London club Music Machine (now called KOKO). He was placed in a Renault 5 (a supermini car) by his acquaintance, Alistair Kinnear, at this address.

The next afternoon, Kinnear found a lifeless Scott in the car and alerted the authorities. He was brought to King's College Hospital in Camberwell where he was pronounced DOA. Pulmonary aspiration of vomit was the cause of Scott's death, and the official report listed "acute alcohol poisoning" and "death by misadventure."

After Scott's death, the band's next album was Back in Black. The album has sold 50 million copies to date, making it the 2nd highest-selling album of all time.

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