#35 Janis Joplin
Born: January 19th, 1943
Died: October 4th, 1970
Age at death: 27
Cause of death: Heroin overdose
Late on October 4th, 1970, Janis Joplin was found dead on the floor of her hotel room. Los Angeles County coroner Thomas Noguchi performed an autopsy on Joplin and determined the cause of death to be a heroin overdose, possibly compounded by alcohol. Joplin’s death was ruled accidental.
Known for her powerful mezzo-soprano vocals and electric stage presence, Joplin was one of the most successful and widely known rock stars of her era. During her eight-year career, Joplin released two albums with the psychedelic rock band Big Brother as well as two solo albums. Her second album, Pearl, which was released posthumously just over three months after her death, reached number one on the Billboard charts. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995.