R.I.P.

This page is dedicated to all of the rock stars that are now deceased. While it will never be a complete list of all the great rockers who are no longer with us, we hope to highlight some of the most influential artists and we will continue to update and add those who have passed on. 

Each artist contains a small bio, cause of death and important information.

List Of Deceased Rock Stars

  • Abbott, “Dimebag” Darrell

    Abbott, “Dimebag” Darrell

    Real Name: Darrell Lance Abbott Age: 38 (born Aug 20th, 1966) R.I.P.: Dec 8th, 2004 Died of: Murder by gunshot Darrell Lance Abbott (August 20, 1966 – December 8, 2004), also known as Diamond Darrell and Dimebag Darrell, was an American guitarist and songwriter best known as a founding member of two bands, Pantera …Read More »
  • Bain, Jimmy

    Bain, Jimmy

    Real Name: James Stewart Bain Age: 68 (born Dec 19th, 1947) R.I.P.: Jan 24th, 2016 Died of: Lung cancer James Stewart “Jimmy” Bain (19 December 1947 – 23 January 2016) was a Scottish musician, best known for playing bass guitar in the bands Rainbow and Dio. He also worked with Thin Lizzy frontman Phil …Read More »
  • Burton, Cliff

    Burton, Cliff

    Real Name: Clifford Lee Burton Age: 24 (born Feb 10th, 1962) R.I.P.: Sep 27th, 1986 Died of: Bus accident Clifford Lee “Cliff” Burton (February 10, 1962 – September 27, 1986) was an American musician, best known as the second bass guitarist for the American thrash metal band Metallica from December 1982 until his death …Read More »
  • Chris Cornell

    Chris Cornell

    Real Name: Christopher John Boyle Age: 52 R.I.P.: May 18, 2017 Died of: Suicide By Hanging Chris Cornell (born Christopher John Boyle; July 20, 1964 – May 18, 2017) was an American musician, singer, and songwriter. He was best known as the lead vocalist for the rock bands Soundgarden and Audioslave. Cornell …Read More »
  • Clark, Steve

    Clark, Steve

    Real Name: Stephen Maynard Clark Age: 30 (born Apr 23rd, 1960) R.I.P.: Jan 8th, 1991 Died of: Alcohol Poisoning Stephen Maynard “Steve” Clark (23 April 1960 – 8 January 1991) was an English musician. He was a guitarist and principal songwriter for the British hard rock band, Def Leppard, until 1991 when he died …Read More »
  • Cobain, Kurt

    Cobain, Kurt

    Real Name: Kurt Donald Cobain Age: 27 R.I.P.: April 5, 1994 Died of: Suicide By Gun Kurt Donald Cobain (February 20, 1967 – April 5, 1994) was an American musician who was best known as the lead singer, guitarist, and primary songwriter of the rock band Nirvana. Cobain formed Nirvana …Read More »
  • Crosby, Robbin

    Crosby, Robbin

    Real Name: Robbinson Lantz Crosby Age: 42 (born Aug 4th, 1959) R.I.P.: Jun 6th, 2002 Died of: Heroin overdose Robbinson Lantz “Robbin” Crosby (August 4, 1959 – June 6, 2002) was an American guitarist who was a member of glam metal band Ratt, earning several platinum albums in the US in the 1980s. Crosby …Read More »
  • Dio, Ronnie James

    Dio, Ronnie James

    Real Name:Ronald James Padavona Age:67 (born Jul 10th, 1942) R.I.P.:May 16th, 2010 Died of:Stomach cancer Ronnie James Dio (born Ronald James Padavona; July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010) was an American heavy metal singer, songwriter and musician. He fronted and/or founded numerous groups including Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio …Read More »
  • DuBrow, Kevin

    DuBrow, Kevin

    Real Name: Kevin Mark DuBrow Age: 52 (born Oct 29th, 1955) R.I.P.: Nov 19th, 2007 Died of: Cocaine overdose Kevin Mark Dubrow (October 29, 1955 − ≈ November 19, 2007) was an American heavy metal singer, best known as the lead vocalist of the heavy metal band Quiet Riot from 1975 until 1987, and …Read More »
  • Hanneman, Jeff

    Hanneman, Jeff

    Real Name: Jeffrey John Hanneman Age: 49 (born Jan 31st, 1964) R.I.P.: May 2nd, 2013 Died of: Alcohol-related cirrhosis Jeffrey John “Jeff” Hanneman (January 31, 1964 – May 2, 2013) was an American musician, best known as a founding member of the American thrash metal band Slayer. Hanneman contributed both lyrical and musical material …Read More »
  • Kelly, Tim

    Kelly, Tim

    Real Name: Timothy Kelly Age: 35 (born Jan 13th, 1963) R.I.P.: Feb 5th, 1998 Died of: Car accident Timothy Patrick “Tim” Kelly (January 13, 1963 – February 5, 1998) was an American guitarist for the band Slaughter. Kelly teamed up with Mark Slaughter and Dana Strum to form a new group. They later found …Read More »
  • Kilmister, Lemmy

    Kilmister, Lemmy

    Real Name: Ian Fraser Kilmister Age: 70 (born Dec 24th, 1945) R.I.P.: Dec 28th, 2015 Died of: Prostate cancer and cardiac arrhythmia   Ian Fraser Kilmister  (24 December 1945 – 28 December 2015), known as Lemmy, was an English musician, singer and songwriter who founded and fronted the rock band …Read More »
  • Lane, Jani

    Lane, Jani

    Real Name: John Kennedy Oswald Age: 47 R.I.P.: August 11, 2011 Died of: Acute Alcohol Poisoning Jani Lane (February 1, 1964 – August 11, 2011) was an American recording artist and the lead vocalist, frontman, lyricist and main songwriter for the glam metal band Warrant. From Hollywood, California, the band experienced success …Read More »
  • Lynott, Phil

    Lynott, Phil

    Real Name: Philip Parris Lynott Age: 36 R.I.P.: January 4, 1986 Died of:  pneumonia and heart failure due to septicaemia   Philip Parris Lynott ; 20 August 1949 – 4 January 1986) was an Irish musician, singer and songwriter. His most commercially successful group was Thin Lizzy, of which he was …Read More »
  • Menza, Nick

    Menza, Nick

    Real Name: Nicholas Menza Age: 51 R.I.P.: May 21, 2016 Died of: Heart Failure Nicholas “Nick” Menza (July 23, 1964 – May 21, 2016) was a professional drummer best known for his work in Megadeth from 1989 to 1998 and in 2004. He recorded drums on four of Megadeth‘s albums: Rust …Read More »
  • Pero, A.J.

    Pero, A.J.

    Real Name: Anthony Jude Pero Age: 55 R.I.P.: March 20, 2015 Died of: Heart Attack Anthony Jude Pero (October 14, 1959 – March 20, 2015) was an American drummer, in American heavy metal bands Twisted Sister and Adrenaline Mob. Pero went to St. Peter’s Boys High School in Staten Island, but …Read More »
  • Razzle

    Razzle

    Real Name: Nicholas Dingley Age: 24 R.I.P.: 8 December 1984 Died of: Injuries From A Car Accident Nicholas Dingley, alias Razzle (2 December 1960 – 8 December 1984), was the drummer of Finnish glam rock band Hanoi Rocks from 1982 until his death Born in Royal Leamington Spa, England, he was adopted …Read More »
  • Rhoads, Randy

    Rhoads, Randy

    Real Name: Randall William Rhoads Age: 25 (born Dec 6th, 1956) R.I.P.: Mar 19th, 1982 Died of: Airplane crash Randall William “Randy” Rhoads (December 6, 1956 – March 19, 1982)[1] was an American heavy metal guitarist who played with Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot. A devoted student of classical guitar, Rhoads combined his classical …Read More »
  • Scott, Bon

    Scott, Bon

    Real Name: Ronald Belford Scott Age: 33 Years Old R.I.P.: February 19. 1980 Died of: acute alcohol poisoning Ronald Belford “Bon” Scott (9 July 1946 – 19 February 1980) was a Scottish-born Australian rock musician, best known for being the lead singer and lyricist of Australian hard rock band AC/DC from 1974 …Read More »
  • Staley, Layne

    Staley, Layne

    Real Name: Layne Thomas Staley Age: 34 (born Aug 22nd, 1967) R.I.P.: Apr 5th, 2002 Died of: Drug overdose Layne Thomas Staley (August 22, 1967 – April 5, 2002) was an American musician who served as the lead singer and co-songwriter of the rock band Alice in Chains, which he founded with guitarist Jerry …Read More »
  • Static, Wayne

    Static, Wayne

    Real Name: Wayne Richard Wells Age: 48 R.I.P.: November 1, 2014 Died of: multiple drug toxicity Wayne Richard Wells (November 4, 1965 – November 1, 2014), known professionally as Wayne Static, was an American musician, best known as the lead vocalist, guitarist, keyboardist and music sequencer for metal band Static-X. He released …Read More »
  • Steele, Peter

    Steele, Peter

    Real Name: Petrus Thomas Ratajczyk Age: 48 R.I.P.: April 14, 2010 Died of:  aortic aneurysm (initially reported as heart failure) Steele formed the band Type O Negative in 1989 along with his childhood friends Josh Silver, Kenny Hickey and Sal Abruscato (later replaced by Johnny Kelly). The band originally used the …Read More »
  • Stiv Bators

    Stiv Bators

    Real Name: Stiv Bators Age: 40 R.I.P.: June 4, 1990 Died of:  traumatic brain injury from a car accident Stiv Bators (born Steven John Bator; October 22, 1949 – June 4, 1990) was an American punk rock vocalist and guitarist from Girard, Ohio. He is best remembered for his bands, The Dead …Read More »
  • Taylor, Phil (Philthy Animal)

    Taylor, Phil (Philthy Animal)

    Real Name: Philip John Taylor Age: 61 (born Sep 21st, 1954) R.I.P.: Nov 11th, 2015 Died of: Liver failure   Philip John Taylor (21 September 1954 – 11 November 2015), better known as “Philthy Animal” Taylor, was an English rock drummer in the British Rock ‘n’ Roll band Motörhead from 1975–1984 and 1987–1992 recording …Read More »
  • Weiland, Scott

    Weiland, Scott

    Real Name: Scott Richard Kline Age: 48 R.I.P.: December 3, 2015 Died of: Drug Overdose Scott Richard Weiland, born Scott Richard Kline; October 27, 1967 – December 3, 2015) was an American musician, singer and songwriter. During a career spanning three decades, Weiland was best known as the lead singer …Read More »
  • Wendy O. Williams

    Wendy O. Williams

    Real Name: Wendy Orlean Williams Age: 48 R.I.P.: April 6, 1998 Died of: Self-inflicted gunshot Wendy Orlean Williams (May 28, 1949 – April 6, 1998), better known as Wendy O. Williams, was an American singer, songwriter and actress. Born in Webster, New York, she first came to prominence as the lead singer of the …Read More »