Why does someone have to die? From the film The Hours (2002). Soundtrack by Philip Glass.
"In memory of a very special person who died far too young!"
The audio plus a visual collage posted on YouTube by marjolein56 | 3 years ago | 53,294 views.
13 years old. My friend. (~1948-1961) Playing with another boy in his yard. He held a water hose, the other boy, a rifle. Gunshot wound.
~17 years Hersal Thomas (~1909-1926) Blues pianist and composer. Food poisoning, unclear circumstances.
17 3/4 years Richie Valens (1941-1959) American pop singer, song writer. Small (over-loaded) plane crashed.
20½ years Evariste Galois (1811-1832) French mathematician. He wrote down his mathematical ideas in notes made the night before the duel. Died from a bullet wound after a duel.
21 years Eddie Cochran (1938–1960) American rock and roll singer-songwriter, musician. Severe head injuries after his speeding taxi blew a tire, lost control, and crashed into a lamp post. Taxi driver at fault.
22 years Emmett Hardy (Emmett Louis Hardy) (1903-1925) Jazz cornet and banjo player. Tuberculosis.
22 years Charles Hardin Holley (Buddy Holly) (1936-1959) Small (over-loaded) plane crashed.
23 years River Jude Phoenix (1970–1993) American film actor. Drug overdose, speedball (heroin plus cocaine) and diazepam.
23 years Stump Evans (Paul Anderson Evans) (1904-1928) Jazz baritone saxophone player. Tuberculosis.
24 years Claude de France (1499–1524) Duchess of Brittany, Queen Consort of France. Scoliosis, seven children, died of exhaustion.
24 years Clarence "Pinetop" Smith (1904-1929) Blues piano player, credited with creating boogie woogie piano style. Hemorrhaged after being accidentally shot by a man while trying to break up a fight at a dance.
24 years James Byron Dean (1931-1955) American film actor. Head-on car collision. He drove a convertible. Other driver at fault.
24 years Steve Roland "Pre" Prefontaine (1951–1975) American middle and long-distance runner, record holder. Solo car accident. He drove a convertible with no roll-bar. The car hit a boulder on the side of the road, flipped over, and crushed his chest.
The film, Prefontaine (1997) is "Based on the life of Olympic hopeful Steve Prefontaine, a long distance runner who lived in Oregon and died young." http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119937/
25 years John Keats (1795-1821) English romantic poet. Lung hemorrhage, tuberculosis.
25 years Akaboshi Intetsu (1810-1835) Japanese 7-dan professional Go player. Gennan's star pupil. Vomiting blood, tuberculosis.
25 years Franklin Joseph (Frankie) Lymon (1942–1968) American rock and roll/rhythm and blues singer and songwriter. Heroin overdose.
26 years Jean Harlow (Harlean Harlow Carpenter) (1911–1937) American film actress and sex symbol of the 1930s. Known as the "Blonde Bombshell" and the "Platinum Blonde." Renal failure, uremia, cerebral edema.
26 years Otis Ray Redding, Jr. (1941–1967) American blues and soul singer and song writer. Plane crash.
26 years Ruggiero Eugenio di Rodolpho Colombo (Russ Columbo) (1908-1934) American singer, crooner, violinist and actor.
On September 2, 1934, Columbo was shot under peculiar circumstances by his longtime friend, photographer Lansing Brown. Columbo was visiting him at the studio one day. In lighting a cigarette, Brown lit the match by striking it against the wooden stock of an antique French dueling pistol. The flame set off a long-forgotten charge in the pistol chamber containing a lead ball. The ball ricocheted off a nearby table and hit Columbo in the left eye, killing him almost instantly. Columbo's death was ruled an accident, and Brown exonerated from blame.
26 11/12 years Louis Chauvin (1881-1908) "King of the Ragtime Players" Ragtime Pianist and composer. Neurosyphilitic sclerosis.
27 years Hippolyte Pixii (1808–1835) French instrument maker. In 1832 he built an early form of an alternating current electrical generator, a dynamo.
27 years Jesse Lorenzo Belvin (1932–1960) American R&B singer, pianist and songwriter. Head-on car collision after giving a concert.
RCA Victor was grooming Jesse Belvin, aka "Mr. Easy", as a crossover artist at the time of his tragic death with his wife in a car accident in 1960.
Goodnight My Love (1956) with the Don Ralke Singers and lush string work from Maxwell Davis' Orchestra and 11 year old Barry White on piano. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsuHXArur2U
Guess Who (1959). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyDx9fyvtKc&feature=related
My Funny Valentine (Rodgers & Hart) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2W5GazXHn4&feature=related
27 years Lewis Brian Hopkins Jones (Brian Jones) (1942–1969) English musician, a founding member of the Rolling Stones. Drug and alcohol abuse, enlarged liver and heart, "death by misadventure", drowned in his swimming pool.
27 years James Marshall "Jimi" Hendricks (1942-1970) American guitarist and singer. Asphyxiation, red wine vomit, sleeping pills, Vesparax, suicide. He died 16 days after Janis Joplin died.
The Star Spangled Banner. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oa-q-ztyZZw&feature=related
27 years Janice Joplin (1943-1970) American rock singer, song writer and arranger. Alcohol and heroin overdose.
"Get It While You Can" on the Dick Cavett Show, June 25, 1970.
and the interview with Dick Cavett. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOTEDnQ4Fvk&feature=related
27 years James Douglas "Jim" Morrison (1943-1971) American rock singer, poet. Lung hemorrhage, heroin overdose.
27 years Amy Jade Winehouse (1983–2011) English singer-songwriter. Alcohol overdose.
28 years Leon Bismark "Bix" Beiderbecke (1903–1931) American jazz cornetist, jazz pianist, and composer. Alcoholism, lobar pneumonia.
28 years Jiles Perry (J.P.) Richardson ("the Big Bopper") (1930-1959) Small (over-loaded) plane crashed.
28 years Brandon Bruce Lee (1965–1993) American actor, martial artist. Accidental shooting, movie stunt gun.
28 years Heath Andrew Ledger (1979-2008) Australian TV, film actor. Drug intoxication, oxycodone, hydrocodone, diazepam, temazepam, alprazolam, doxylamine.
28 years Chidiock "Charles" Tichborne (1558–1586) English conspirator and poet. Executed (disemboweled and hung) by Elizabeth I of England.
Tichborne's elegy. http://www.executedtoday.com/tag/locrine/ and
29 years Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822) English romantic poet. Boat rammed at night, drowned.
"Fear not for the future; weep not for the past." -- Percy Bysshe Shelley.
29 years Jean Vigo (1905-1934) French film director. Septicemia, 8 years tuberculosis.
29 years Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593) Elizabethan English dramatist and poet. Stabbed in the eye in a bar fight.
29 3/4 years Hank Williams (Hiram King Williams) (1923–1953) American singer-songwriter and musician. Alcohol plus injections of morphine and chloral hydrate for back pain, heart failure.
30 years Eddie Lang (Salvatore Massaro) (1902-1933) American Jazz guitarist. tonsillectomy, excess bleeding.
30 years Andy Gibb (1958-1988) British singer, youngest Gibb brother, Bee Gees. Viral infection, heart inflammation.