The 27 Club creepily refers to the unusually high number of musicians and actors who all died at the age of 27. As can be expected, there are drug overdoses aplenty on the list but some of them are kind of fishy. Especially since many of them never received autopsies.
The famed member list of this sinister club includes those who've committed suicide, died in plane crashes, car accidents, and there's even a mysterious disappearance. All of which happened to icons in their 27th year of life and none of which couldn’t have been staged. While the "Forever 27" myth traces back to 1892, it didn’t achieve such epic proportions of notoriety until the 1970s. It was a tumultuous time for music and the number of influential rock musicians who died between 1969 and 1971, made it hard not to wonder if it was orchestrated. Then the 27 club claimed new victims throughout the early 1990s, another influential time for music, and it hasn’t shown any sign of stopping in recent years.
Tales of rock curses and crossroad deals with the devil originated with Robert Johnson. Johnson loved music but was horrible at making it. He disappeared for awhile, then came back so skilled that he became one of the Blues' most celebrated and chilling talents. His drastic improvement was unnatural and his songs of hellhounds, crossroads, and devils only added to rumors that he’d sold his soul for talent.
Then, in August of 1930, mere months after his 27th birthday, Johnson made the fatal mistake of flirting with the wife of a roadhouse owner. The man slipped Johnson a bottle of whiskey laced with strychnine. Johnson died within 3 days of both strychnine poisoning and pneumonia.
Louis Chauvin was a widely admired American ragtime musician. He was considered exceptionally gifted as a composer and performer by his peers, though he never got the chance to record. He’d only published three compositions before he dying on March 26, 1908, just 13 days after turning 27. He suffered from neurosyphilitic sclerosis and died of starvation after falling into a coma.