A Closer Look Into Musician’s Passings

May 9, 2018

Whether it be from suicide, old age or even health problems, the music industry has lost multiple lives over the last year. Some of the deaths causes were based on an accidental drug overdose. Most people think that is the glorification of these drugs that make there to be constant overdoses on them but is that really the cause?

Most people still mourn the loss of these musicians, even musicians like Mitch Lucker. Lucker was a lead singer for the deathcore band Suicide Silence, he died in 2012 from a motorcycle crash. Yearly on Nov. 1, most fans of the band will do Lucker’s signature move “The Lucker Stomp,” showing his music still hold a place in their hearts.

On May 18, 2017 the lead singer for the bands Soundgarden and Audioslave Chris Cornell, committed suicide by hanging himself. While struggling with his addiction to Oxycontin, he was sober until relapsing prior to his suicide. Cornell’s wife Vicky blamed the pills Cornell was prescribed. During an interview with the Rollingstone Vicky said, “that she missed the signs of addiction, though the details of Cornell’s relapse, including when it occurred and under which drugs he was then prescribed made it unclear.”  He was a father, a husband and a well loved musician.

On July 20, 2017, the lead singer for the American Rock band Linkin Park Chester Bennington, committed suicide by hanging himself. Most people believe that Bennington was hit hard after Cornell had killed himself. Bennington and Cornell were really close friends, and Cornell’s death hit Bennington hard. The song “One More Light” reached number one on the charts a few days after his death. This song talks about someone being there and caring for others even when they are at their lowest points. Many people didn’t see Bennington’s death coming and he was known as always being happy. Even after his death, people continue listening to this band and love the way Bennington connected with his music.

On November 15, 2017, Gustav Elijah “Gus” Åhr, better known as the American rapper Lil Peep died of an accidental fentanyl-Xanax overdose. Lil Peep’s music genre was a mixture of hip-hop and guitar-driven emo. The night of his death there was a memorial held on Long Beach, New York. Different people that were apart of Åhr’s life spoke positive messages on his death and of him as a person. Saying things like even though at times he did do different drugs, that did not define him as a person.

On Jan. 15, 2018 the lead singer of the band The Cranberries Dolores O’Riordan was found dead in her hotel bathroom in London. While no one has released the cause of death, many people still mourn the loss of her. Before her death, she had left positive voicemails to her friends, family and her bandmates which can be listened to online. The American Metalcore band Bad Wolves did a cover of the famous song “Zombie” which lately has been playing more and more as a tribute to O’Riordan.

More recently on April 20, 2018, the Swedish dance music star Tim Bergling, better known by the stage name Avicii, died. The cause of death is still unknown although Avicii did have a history of health problems that had been inflicted due to alcohol abuse. He stopped doing live performances due to the fact that it had started talking a toll of him as a person. During an interview before his death, Avicii had said, “I have told them this I won’t be able to play anymore I have said, I’m going to die. I have said it so many times.” Some suspicions about his death are that it was a suicide, but still, nothing has been released neither agreeing or disagreeing with that statement.  

Each of these artists, as well as many more over the past years, will always be remembered and never forgotten, especially by those who are close to who the artists were as people. Even though they are not here physically anymore, they live on with their music and they live on in the hearts of their fans.


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