21 Musicians You Didn’t Know Passed

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Everyone remembers when Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse, Whitney Houston, and Tupac tragically passed, but a lot of other musicians kick the bucket and nobody seems to hear about it. Here is a list of other artists who passed on.

1. Ahn So Jin

Ahn So Jin
Source: K-Pop Replay

Passed February 24, 2015

K-Pop star Ahn So Jin was part of the group Kara. She fell ten stories from her apartment home at the age of 22.


2. B.B. King

B.B. King

Source: Relix

September 16, 1925 – May 14, 2015

One of the last Southern-born blues musicians, he earned the nickname “The King of the Blues,” for songs like “Rock Me Baby” and “Everday I Have the Blues.” He passed at the age of 89 from congestive heart failure and diabetic complications.


3. Ben E. King

Ben E. King

Source: VOA News

September 28, 1938 – April 30, 2015

The singer of the R&B hit song “Stand By Me,” King was also one of the lead singers for the group The Drifters. He passed at the age of 76 due to coronary problems.


4. Michael Edward Welsh

Michael Edward Welsh

Source: Wikiwand

April 20, 1971 – October 8, 2011

“Mikey” Welsh was the bass player for Weezer. He passed at the age of 40 of a heart failure. Later it was announced he was struggling with substance abuse and that it ultimately led to his passing.


5. Chris Kelly

Chris Kelly

Source: Celebrity Net Worth

August 11, 1978 – May 1, 2013

Mac Daddy from Kris Kross was found unconscious in his Atlanta home. He had a long history of substance abuse.


6. Heavy D

Heavy D

Source: Hip Hop Golden Age

May 24, 1967 – November 8, 2011

The Jamaican-born rapper and leader of Heavy D & the Boyz, he was best known for MADtv’s theme song. He passed from a pulmonary embolism caused by a deep vein thrombosis in his leg.


7. Montae Talbert

Montae Talbert

Source: AM Caffeine

September 17, 1988 – May 15, 2011

Rapper M-Bone from Cali Swag District (“Teach Me How To Dougie”), passed in a drive-by shooting at the age of 22.


8. Cahron Childs

Cahron Childs

Source: BET

Passed June 6, 2014

JayAre, another rapper from the Cali Swag District group passed after he was admitted to the hospital when he had a seizure in his sleep. He fell into a cardiac arrest and passed at the age of 25.


9. Bradley Nowell

Bradley Nowell

Source: Reddit

February 22, 1968 – May 25, 1996

Lead singer and guitarist of the band Sublime passed at the age of 28 before the release of his band’s self-titled major label debut. He was set for a five-day tour through Northern California but passed from substance abuse.


10. LeRoi Moore

LeRoi Moore

Source: Toledoblade

September 7, 1961 – August 19, 2008

Saxophonist and founding member of the Dave Matthews Band, Moore helped write songs like “Too Much” and “Stay (Wasting Time)”. He was injured in an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) accident outside his farm in Charlottesville, Virginia.


11. Richard Shannon Hoon

Richard Shannon Hoon

Source: Tumbnation

September 26, 1967 – October 21, 1995

The lead singer-songwriter for the band Blind Melon passed away from substance abuse at the age of 28.


12. John Berry

John Berry

Source: Rolling Stone

May 31, 1963 – May 19, 2016

One of the founding member of the Beastie Boys, John Berry was credited for coming up with the band’s name. He suffered from frontotemporal dementia at the age of 52.


13. Merle Haggard

Merle Haggard

Source: The Boot

April 6, 1937 – April 6, 2016

With his friend Buck Owens, Haggard started up the band The Strangers. He passed on his birthday from complications due to pneumonia. Before becoming a country singer he served three years in San Quentin for robbery.


14. Frank Sinatra, Jr.

Frank Sinatra, Jr.

Source: US Magazine

January 10, 1944 – March 16, 2016

The son of the legendary Frank Sinatra, passed away at the age of 72. He passed after an unexpected cardiac arrest while on tour in Daytona Beach, Florida.


15. Denise Katrina Matthews

Denise Katrina Matthews

Source: itsfreshradio

January 4, 1959 – February 15, 2016

A singer, model and actress, Matthews was best known as Vanity. She passed at the age of 57 due to renal failure.


16. Maurice White

Maurice White

Source: La Sentinel

December 19, 1941 – February 3, 2016

Founder of the group Earth, Wind & Fire. The singer, drummer, and producer of the funk-soul group passed at the age of 74. He passed after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.


17. Glenn Frey

Glenn Frey

Source: Washington Times

November 6, 1948 – January 18, 2016

Co-founder of the Eagles. Glenn Frey passed at the age of 67 due to complications related to rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia.


18. Scott Weiland

Scott Weiland

Source: OC Register

October 27, 1967 – December 3, 2015

The former front man of the Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver. He passed away at the age of 48 on his tour bus mixing illegal substances with other medicine.


19. Billy Joe Royal

Billy Joe Royal

Source: Rolling Stone

April 3, 1942 – October 6, 2015

The pop-gone-country star was known for his record “Down in the Boondocks” back in 1965. He unexpectedly passed in his sleep at the age of 73.


20. Justin A Lowe

Justin A Lowe

Source: Gala

Passed July 22, 2015

Former guitarist and founding member of the metal band After the Burial passed at the age of 32. After suffering a mental breakdown, he was pronounced officially missing. He was found by a hiker underneath the Soo Line High Bridge.


21. Ariel Camacho

Ariel Camacho

Source: People

July 8, 1992 – February 25, 2015

This young singer-songwriter gained his following from YouTube. He passed at the age of 22 in a car accident on the road from Angostura, Sinaloa.