It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting
for death is the destiny of every man; the living should take this to heart.
Ecclesiastes 7:2(NIV)

Ronnie James Dio

Ronnie James Dio

Ronnie James Dio, the "God of Metal," died May 16, 2010 after a lengthy battle with stomach cancer. His stage presence betrayed his small stature, and his voice was one of the most recognizable in metal. He's also credited as the originator of the "rock and roll" hand sign.

Dio Memorial Service

News report of Dio's death (not embeddable, but you can link directly: CLICK HERE

The Rolling Stones


Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones died under mysterious circumstances on the night of July 2, 1969, having drowned in his swimming pool. The coroner's verdict: 'Death by Misadventure'

TruTV looks at the circumstances of Brian Jones' death

Keyboardist Ian Stewart, who helped found the group, died December 12, 1985 of a heart attack. When the Rolling Stones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, they asked that Stewart's name be included.

Randy Rhoads


Ozzy Osbourne's guitarist Randy Rhoads and two members of Ozzy's crew were killed March 19, 1982 when the small plane in which they were joyriding crashed after clipping a wing while trying to buzz Ozzy's tour bus.

Ozzy Osbourne hired Randy even before he had a chance to audition. Ozzy walked in while Rhoads was setting up for his audition. After hering a fw practice licks, Ozzy told him "That's it. You've got the job."

Randy Rhoads segment from the British series "Seven Ages of Rock"



Queen front man Freddy Mercury died November 24, 1991 from AIDS. The death of Freddie Mercury came at a time when AIDS was still somewhat new, and shocking. A new movie will document Freddie Mercury's life, with Sacha Baron Cohen in the title role.

Pink Floyd


Pink Floyd co-founder Syd Barrett died July 7, 2006 from pancreatic cancer. Barrett had left the band early on but continued to be closely identified with Pink Floyd. The 1975 song "Shine On, You Crazy Diamond" was written in honor of him. At the time Pink Floyd recorded it, Barrett had withdrawn from music, changed his name, and shaved his head and eyebrows, changing his appearance to the point that when he stopped by the studio during the sessions, his bandmates at first did not recognize him.

Coverage of the life and death of Syd Barrett from the BBC

Keyboardist Richard Wright, a founding member of the Floyd, died September 15, 2008 of cancer.

Television report of Richard Wright's death.

Led Zeppelin


Led Zeppelin's John Bonham died September 25, 1980, when his lungs became waterlogged after a night of heavy drinking.the band oficilaly broke up about a month later.

Friends and associates talk about Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham

Jimi Hendrix


Jimi Hendrix died September 18, 1970 at his girlfriend's London apartment, when his lungs filled with fluid, resulting in drowing. Physicians noted an abundance of red wine in his system.

Rare ABC news coverage of Jimi Hendrix's death

Road trip photo: This is Jimi Hendrix' shirt which is on display at the Hard Rock Cafe in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Thank to WABX listener Cathy for the picture.