1990: Andrew Wood
The lead singer of Mother Love Bone, the band that would later recruit Eddie Vedder to form Pearl Jam and The Temple of the Dog (with Chris Cornell), died from a heroin overdose at the age of 24.
The musician was found in a comatose state by his girlfriend and rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment, where doctors placed him on life support after concluding he had lost all brain function. On March 19, 1990, at the suggestion of his physicians, Wood was removed from life support.
1994: Kurt Cobain
Nirvana's leading man Kurt Cobain was found lifeless in his Seattle home on April 8, 1994, where the authorities had come to the conclusion that the rock star passed a couple of days earlier on April 5 by committing suicide.
Kurt Cobain ended his suicide note with a quote from Neil Young's "Hey, Hey, My, My (Into The Black)", writing that "it was better to burn out than to fade away."
1994: Kristen Pfaff
Kristen Pfaff, best known as the bassist for Hole from 1993 to 1994, was found dead in her apartment by a friend, who was due to travel with her, on June 16, 1994. A bag containing syringes and drug paraphernalia was found on the floor near her body.
1995: Shannon Hoon
The lead singer of Blind Melon, Shannon Hoon, died of a cocaine overdose in 1995 at the age of 28. His death came after a disappointing performance that prompted an all-night drug binge.
1996: Bradley Nowell
Sublime lead singer Bradley Nowell died following a heroin overdose at the age of 28. On the morning of May 25, 1996, Nowell’s body was found in a San Francisco motel, hours before the band was set to perform in front of a sold-out crowd.
2002: Layne Staley
After struggling with depression and drug addiction for much of his adult life, Alice In Chains co-founder and singer Layne Staley’s lifeless body was found dead in his Seattle home. According to officials, his body was discovered roughly two weeks after his passing on April 5, 2002, which is, eerily, eight years to the day that Kurt Cobain was believed to have committed suicide.
Alice In Chains is considered to be one of Seattle’s “Big Four” bands along with Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden.
2011: Mike Starr
Alice In Chains lost another member in 2011 when their former bassist, Mike Starr (pictured second from left), reportedly died of a prescription drug overdose following a years-long struggle with addiction.
2015: Scott Weiland
The death of former Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland sent shockwaves well beyond the grunge scene when the rock legend was found dead on his tour bus on December 3, 2015, moments before he and his band, The Wildabouts, were set to take the stage.
Police found a slew of prescription drugs on the bus, including Xanax, Viagra, Ziprasidone and sleeping pills, in addition to two bags of cocaine.
Officials concluded that Weiland, who was 48 years old at the time, died of an accidental overdose after combining cocaine, alcohol, and methylenedioxyamphetamine.
2017: Chris Cornell
The news of Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell’s unexpected and sudden death sent shockwaves through the grunge community in May of 2017. The former lead singer and guitarist died shortly after performing at a Soundgarden concert, with police stating that the death appeared to be a suicide.
Cornell was most famous for his powerful vocals on hits such as “Black Hole Sun” and “The Day I Tried to Live”.