When Amy Winehouse died on Saturday at the young age of 27, the beehived, tattooed singer-songwriter with a throwback voice and history of drug and alcohol addiction became the latest member of the unlucky “27 Club.” This group includes musicians such as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Jim Morrison who eerily all passed away at the same young age, many of whose deaths were drug-related. (While an autopsy has yet to reveal the cause of Winehouse’s untimely passing, it’s widely assumed drugs played a role.)
But making it past age 27 doesn’t guarantee immunity from the life-threatening dangers of drug addiction. Here’s a look back at the cherished stars who most infamously lost their lives to battles with drugs and alcohol.
The legendary sex symbol and film star died of an overdose of barbiturates in 1962. Monroe, 36, had attempted suicide four times before. She had an erratic personal life filled with highs and lows: Monroe was married and divorced three times, including to baseball star Joe DiMaggio and playwright Arthur Miller; she abused drugs, including sleeping pills and alcohol.