Celebs who died young

These actors, musicians, and public figures passed away before their time

#23 Jimi Hendrix

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Born: November 27th, 1942

Died: September 18th, 1970

Age at death: 27

Cause of death: Asphyxia

Jimi Hendrix spent much of September 17th, 1970 in London with his girlfriend Monika Dannemann. According to Dannemann, she and Hendrix arrived at her apartment at 3 a.m. from the residence of an acquaintance. They reportedly talked until around 7 a.m., when they went to sleep. Dannemann then awoke around 11 a.m. and found Hendrix breathing but unconscious and unresponsive. She called for an ambulance and Hendrix was transported to St. Mary Abbot’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead the afternoon of the following day. According to an inquest into his death, Hendrix aspirated his own vomit and died of asphyxia while intoxicated with barbiturates.

Though his mainstream career only spanned four years, Hendrix is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century. Some of his popular songs include All Along the Watchtower, Hey Joe, Voodoo Chile, and Foxy Lady.

Interesting facts about BTS
  • The group name, “BTS” stands for the Korean expression Bangtan Sonyeondan which translates to “Bulletproof Boy Scouts”. Band member J-Hope said that they chose this name because it represents BTS’s desire “to block out stereotypes, criticisms, and expectations that aim on adolescents like bullets.” But that isn’t the only meaning behind the name. In 2017, BTS said, as part of their new brand identity, that their name would also stand for Beyond the Scene” which extended their name to mean “growing youth BTS who is going beyond the realities they are facing, and going forward.”
  • BTS was originally intended to be a hip-hop group, similar to YG Entertainment’s 1TYM. This was because Big Hit Entertainment CEO Bang Si-hyuk met with RM and was very impressed by his rapping talents. However, Bang Si-hyuk changed his mind and decided that today’s youth needed “a hero who can lend them a shoulder to lean on, even without speaking a single word.”
  • BTS has said that all of the following musicians have inspired their music; Post Malone, Eminem, Seo Taiji and Boys, Nas, Kanye West, Drake, Charlie Puth, Danger, and Queen.
  • The band’s first English-language single, “Dynamite”, was released on August 21st. Its video broke the YouTube record for the most viewed music video premiere, grabbing the attention of three million viewers, and it set a new record for the most viewed video on the first day of release. “Dynamite” is also the first music video on YouTube to surpass 100 million views in less than one day.
  • BTS has been often labeled as “easily the biggest and most successful name in K-pop in the world” that can “do things no other name in their genre can.” Time magazine has gone as far as calling them the “Princes of Pop.”