8 Celebrities Who Died At The Age Of 27
The amount of iconic celebrities who have died at 27 is haunting. So much so, there’s a “27 Club” that honors a group of musicians from the 1960s and 1970s who all succumbed to the long sleep before they clicked the personal clock to 28. Beyond those iconic names — which you’ll see in the list below — there are other examples of “Woah, that’s macabre…” tying so many celebrities deaths to the age of 27. Why 27? Without delving too deep below the surface, here are eight celebrities who died at the age of 27.
8. Jonathan Brandis
It came as a shock in 2003 when Jonathan Brandis, former child actor who continued to work into his 20s, attempted suicide by hanging, and eventually died of his injuries at the age or 27. Perhaps this is one example of having wealth before wisdom, and the lack of foresight that plagues people in their 20s. Considering his career as a whole, Brandis was in nothing more than a transitional period, going from boy to man. According to friends, he was drinking heavily during this time period, and was quite depressed about his career. He had even made mention that he might kill himself if things didn’t start looking up. On November 11, 2003, he was found by a friend, and police and paramedics were called to the scene. He was offered medical treatment for several hours, and pronounced dead on November 12 at 2:45 p.m.
7. Pat Tillman
Pat Tillman became the short-lived poster child for American sacrifice after his death in the war on terror in 2004 at the age of 27. Pat left a potential superstar career in the NFL, and turned down a multi-million dollar contract, then with his brother, Kevin — a MLB draftee — enlisted in military service eight months after the September 11 attacks. Pat achieved the rank of Specialist, and served with the Army Rangers in Afghanistan, serving several tours before his untimely death on April 22, 2004. When his death was first reported, it was a rallying cry for the war effort and what true patriots are willing to sacrifice. As the stories progressed, and the truth began to leak through several sources, it was revealed that Pat was killed by friendly fire. Controversy led to investigations that went on for several years.