Creepy, Mysterious Deaths and Untimely Fates
Although their music lives on for years and eras to come, many musicians have been the subject of not quite explained circumstances relating to their passing.
Here, we take a look at a few mysterious cases:
Brian Jones was the guitarist and one of the founding members of the legendary Rolling Stones. Jones wrote for the band early on and contributed to the bands success.
As time went on and the band developed, Jones’ talents were pushed aside by the songwriting team of Jagger/Richards, and this alongside of a severe drug problem alienated him from the band to the point of Jones being fired from the band in June 1969.
On July 3rd of that same year, Jones was found dead in his swimming pool. Coroners pronounced that Jones died of alcohol and substance abuse. For years, rumours circulated that Jones was murdered, perhaps in order to protect the band from a backlash of lawsuits and legal battles from Jones and his lawyers.
None of the rumours were ever proven to be true and Jones’ death is still rules as an accident.
Richard James Edwards was rhythm guitarist and lyricist for the 90’s alternative rock band, Manic Street Preachers.
Edwards vanished on Feb 1 1995, the day that he and his band were to fly to the US on a promotional tour.
In the two weeks before his disappearance, Edwards withdrew a steady 200 British pounds per day from his personal bank account, totalling just under 3000 pounds.
In the two weeks that followed, Edwards was apparently spotted at the Newport Passport Office, and the Newport Bus station.
On Feb 14, Edwards car received a parking ticket and on the 17th, the police reported the car as abandoned. The battery was discovered to be flat and there was evidence that the car had been lived in.
Due to the close proximity of Edwards’ found car to the Severn Bridge, a renowned suicide location, many believe that he took his own life by jumping off of the bridge, but no evidence of that has ever been found.
Since then, Richard has reportedly been spotted at a hippie market in Goa, India and on the islands of Fuerteventura and Lanzarote. None of these sightings have proved conclusive and as well, none of the Edwards sightings have been confirmed by investigators.
Vocalist and lyricist of the classic rock band the Doors, Jim Morrison was found dead in the bathtub of his Paris apartment on the morning of July 3 1971 by his longtime girlfriend and muse, Pamela Courson.
In March of that same year, Jim moved to Paris to lose weight, get some perspective on his drug use and his drinking, and re-inspire himself to get back into writing and performing.
In accordance with French law, no official autopsy was performed since there was no evidence of foul play. The absence of an autopsy has raised many questions surrounding Morrison’s death.
Doors biographer Danny Sugerman, also an acquaintance of Courson, had been given many contradictory accounts of the Morrison death by Courson, including an account that she had killed Morrison or that somehow the death was her fault.
Rather than dying of heart failure as was reported to French authorities, Courson reported that Jim bled to death of a hemorrhage after snorting Courson’s heroin, herself unable to call the authorities because she too was nodding off and incapacitated by the effects of the drug.
Some credence has been given to the rumour that Morrison actually did not die on that morning in 1971 and that his death was staged in order for the rock star to have the chance to flee from a life in the public eye.
Many have visited Morrison’s loved ones and family over the years to try and find evidence that the singer is still alive somewhere.
So far, no evidence of these rumours exists.