Why does she looked so surprised???
Reportedly, the cause of death was not confirmed by an autopsy.
But we know.
Amy was 27.
Celebs from Elton John to Lady Gaga tweeted their condolences. Even Tony Bennett called her “an extraordinary talent”, but lamented, “It had been my sincere hope that she would be able to overcome the issues she was battling…”
But now everyone is talking about the “27 Club”. Even USAToday recently ran a retrospective on all the great musicians who have died at age 27:
-Robert Johnson, the great blues guitarist, who claimed he sold his soul to the devil in order to play guitar, supposedly died at the hands of a jealous husband. (1938)
-Brian Jones, former guitarist with the Rolling Stones, drowned in his own swimming pool; substance abuse "may have been" a contributing factor. (1969)
-Guitar legend Jimi Hendrix, died famously by asphyxiating on his own vomit; again, drug-related. (1970)
-Janis Joplin, singer, died 16 days after Hendrix; also from a drug overdose. (1970)
-Jim Morrison, lead singer for The Doors, died in Paris in 1971; the official cause is listed as “heart failure”, but it was most likely alcohol-related.
Interesting side-note here: Christophe Maillet, a Morrison fan and owner of “The Lézard King” bar in Paris, was issued a cease-and-desist order from attorneys representing The Doors, saying the band does not want to be associated with a drinking establishment.
-Kurt Cobain, lead singer of grunge band Nirvana, shot himself. (1994)
All of them were 27.
I mean, seriously, people die every day. Of the more than 100 funerals I have conducted over my 20+ years of ministry, most of the dearly departed have been 86. Yet we don’t talk about the “86 Club”!
And there’s a good reason for that. Groucho Marx died when he was 86. And he once said, “I’d never join a club that would have someone like me as a member!"
Seriously though, the people listed above just happened to all be famous musicians.
John Belushi died of a drug overdose in 1982 at the age of 33. Chris Farley also O.D.'d at 33. Is this the start of a comedians' “33 Club”?
So what about those artists who manage to survive past 27? What hope is there that they will ever be remembered? What hope is there that decades after they have "left the building", people will still swarm to see their gravesites?
BTW, Elvis was 41 when he O.D.'d.
And despite rumors to the contrary, yes, he really is dead!
But what about other great entertainers like Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, Cher and Sir Elton John, Tina Turner and a whole host of others, who have long ago passed even that milestone?
Good news! There’s still hope! You still have a chance to be famous!
Comedian George Burns, died in 1996 – from age-related causes – becoming the first member of the “100 Club”!
"Say good night, Gracie!"