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Legendary Guitarist Who Died Too Early

Legendary Guitarist Who Died Too Early

We have assembled the top seven guitarists who died too young. It is unfortunate to know those energetic and excellent guitarist is no more with us. Though they have left footprints which motivates many peoples around the world and still many of us enjoy listening to their music.

Here are some of the famous and widely known guitarists of all time who played jazz, blues, rock, string benders, the trappers, and whammy wrangler. These guitarists are the biggest influencer of all time. Scroll down and find out.

 1. Jimi Hendrix

Johnny Allen Hendrix, aka Jimi Hendrix, was a professional American rock guitarist, songwriter, and singer. Moreover, his genre was Rockpsychedelic rockhard rock blues and R&B. Hendrix was born on November 27, 1942, Seattle, Washington, US.

Guitarist who died too young
A guitarist who died too young- Jimi Hendrix, independent

Jimi was a founder of a rock band called The Jimi Hendrix Experience. Also, he was known for his popular skill and charming charisma as a frontman. He died at the age of twenty-seven due to drug abuse on September 18, 1970.

2 B.B. King

Riley B. King, famously known as B.B. King, was an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer. Further, King introduced an advanced soling style based on fluid string bending and luminous vibrato, which inspired several electric blues guitarists.


He was a fantastic blues musician and known as one of the “Three Kings of the Blues Guitar.” B.B. King was born on September 16, 1925, Itta Bena, Mississippi, U.S., and later died at the age of 89, May 14, 2015, due to old age. However, his fans claim that he died too young because of his performance.

3. Stevie Ray Vaughan

Classic roker stevie ray Vaughan
Classic rocker Stevie ray Vaughan, Ultimate Classic Rock

Musician Stevie Ray Vaughn was born on October 3, 1954, in Dallas, Texas. Besides, Vaughan was inspired by his older sibling Jimmie’s. He is one of the rated guitarists in the revival of blues in the 1980s. Unfortunately, he died at the age of 35 due to a helicopter crash.

4. Robert Johnson

Musician Robert Johnson is best remembered as one of the greatest blues singers, guitarists of all time, an acknowledgment that came after his death at the age of 27. Musician Robert Johnson was born on May 8, 1911, in Hazlehurst, Mississippi. Moreover, he is considered as a songwriter of “I Believe I’ll Dust My Broom” and “Sweet Home Chicago.”

Guitarist who died too early, Robert Johnson
Me and the devil creator, American Songwriter

Also, many films and documentaries, like Can’t You Hear the Wind Howl (1997) and Hellhounds on my Trail (2000), have sought to shed light on this elusive blues legend.

5. Kurt Cobain

Kurt Cobain was born on February 20, 1967, in Aberdeen, Washington. Moreover, he is best known as the frontman singer and guitarist who rocked the Nirvana band. Also, In 1987, Cobain formed a band Nirvana with Krist Novoselic and Aaron Burckhard and became part of a music show in Seattle.

Kurt Cobain and the band nirvana
Kurt Cobain and the band nirvana, Loudwire

Cobain was addicted to heroin, and chronic health issues took his life. He died at the age of twenty-seven.

6. Bob Marley

Robert Nesta Marley, OM (6 February 1945 – 11 May 1981) was a Jamaican singer and songwriter. Besides, Marley’s music achievements boosted Jamaican music’s popularity internationally, rendering him a prominent icon in pop culture for over a decade.

Classic picture of Bob marley
A classic picture of Bob Marley, Pinterest

Without a doubt, he was known as a Rastafari icon and was a very spiritual person. Besides, Marley, the last concert, was at the Stanley Theater, which was in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

7. George Harrison

George Harrison was a professional songwriter, musician, and film producer. Also, he rose to fame after being a lead guitarist of the Beatles band. Moreover, Harrison was born on 25 February 1943 in Liverpool, England.

George died at the age of fifty-eight on 29 November 2001. The cause of his death was lung cancer. Also, according to Hindu tradition, his remains were cremated. Well, his ashes were scattered in a river, Ganges and Yamuna.

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