Amy Winehouse joins the tragic ’27 Club’

SINGER Amy Winehouse, who died in London overnight, has joined a tragic group of famous rock stars who passed away at the age of 27 – the notorious 27 Club.

Rolling Stones founding member Brian Jones, guitarist Jimi Hendrix , singer Janis Joplin, The Doors singer Jim Morrison and Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain are the other major “members” of the ill-fated club.

Brian Jones

The first to die was Jones, who left the Stones after disagreements with other members. He had problems with drugs and alcohol.

Brian Jones
Brian Jones (left) with Mick Jagger in New York in 1965. Picture: Picture: AP

Jones drowned in the swimming pool of his estate in Sussex, southern England, in July 1969, and his body was found by his girlfriend. An inquest recorded a verdict of death by misadventure but speculation has continued that he was murdered.

Jimi Hendrix

Hendrix, the pioneering US guitar wizard whose whose hits included Purple Haze and Hey Joe, followed one year later.

Jimi Hendrix
Jimi Hendrix performs at Woodstock in 1969. Picture: AP

Hendrix choked on his own vomit in a hotel in London on September 18, 1970 after swallowing sleeping pills and drinking red wine.

Janis Joplin

Less than a month after Hendrix’s death, Joplin was dead at the same age.

Janis Joplin
Janis Joplin on the cover of her 1970 album Pearl. Picture: File

Known for her bluesy vocal style, the US singer died of a suspected heroin overdose. Her album Pearl was released posthumously and became her biggest seller.

James Morrison

In 1971 Morrison became the next to perish. The US singer of the hits Light My Fire and the brooding masterpiece The End died in his bathtub in his Paris flat on July 3, 1971, alcoholic and obese.

Jim Morrison
An iconic image of Jim Morrison. Picture: File

The cause of The Lizard King’s death was a suspected heart attack – but there was never an autopsy, giving rise to multiple conspiracy theories.

Kurt Cobain

Meanwhile Cobain, who died in early April 1994, had his own well-documented struggles with heroin during his brief career with US grunge rockers Nirvana.

Kurt Cobain
Kurt Cobain at a MTV taping in 1993. Picture: Getty

But it was not drugs that claimed his life, it was by his own hand.

Just weeks after taking an overdose of tranquilisers in Rome, Cobain, who was married to troubled rocker Courtney Love and best known for the hit Smells Like Teen Spirit, killed himself at his house in Seattle.

Afterwards his mother Wendy was quoted as saying: “Now he’s gone and joined that stupid club, I told him not to join that stupid club.”

Outside Winehouse’s home in Camden, north London, neighbour Jann Meyer, 33, said: “It’s not really a shock, it was to be expected sooner or later. She was 27, and all good rock stars go at 27. She was very talented, she was amazing.”

Meanwhile British folk singer Billy Bragg had a sober take on membership of the “27 Club”.

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