11 Country Music Stars Who Died Before Their Time
Country music is an everlasting genre. Unlike other musical styles that see a turnover of the “biggest stars” every year or so, country music legends make their mark and their music lives on, which is especially important when it comes to the stars who were lost too young. Terrible accidents, illness and personal battles have all claimed lives. In fact, it has happened to these 11 country music stars who died before their time. Check it out:
11. Gram Parsons
Gram Parsons became interested in country music in the late 60s while at Harvard and afterwards became a member of The Byrds and settled in as a country-rock artist, but his career came to an end much too soon. Before a sheduled tour was to begin in 1973, Parsons decided to take a trip to his favorite place, Joshua Tree National Park; however, two days after arriving he was found unresponsive in his hotel room. He was pronounced dead on September 19, 1973 at only 26 years old after ingesting a lethal mix of morphine and alcohol.
10. John Denver
In 1974, John Denver was America’s best-selling performer, and although he didn’t limit himself to one genre, he did find himself on country and western charts a time or two. He is well known in country circles for his hits like “Rocky Mountain High,” “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” and “Thank God I’m a Country Boy.” Unfortunately in October 1997, he died while piloting his experimental Adrian Davis Long-EZ plane, after a series of touch-and-go landings, Denver’s plane crashed into Monterey Bay; he was only 53 years old.