All My Favorite Grunge Musicians Are Dead

Is grunge cursed?

May 18th, 2017.

Chris Cornell, lead singer Soundgarden and grunge pioneer, kills himself unexpectedly.  Cornell was found dead in the bathroom his MGM Grand hotel, with a strap around his neck.  He was 52.

December 3, 2015.

Scott Weiland, singer Stone Temple Pilots, found dead in his tour bus.  Weiland was touring with his group, The Wildabouts, and found dead in his tour bus after a heavy drug overdose.  He was 48.

April 5, 2002.

Layne Staley, lead singer Alice In Chains, dies a drug overdose.  His partially decomposed body was found inside his Seattle condo, after a long period isolation.

April 5, 1994

Kurt Cobain kills himself with a shotgun.  Cobain suffered from heroin addiction, depression, and major conflicts surrounding his superstar success.

June 27, 1992

Stefanie Sargent, counder and guitarist 7 Year Bitch, found dead.  Sargent died complications surrounding alcohol and heroin ingestion.


I never thought that Chris Cornell was silently battling inner demons.

Sure, there were the episodes with drugs, the bouts depression afflicting talented musicians.

The darkness Seattle.

But Soundgarden wasn’t that kind band!  They were melodic, octave-jumping, sophisticated, caffeinated rock.  Even members the group hated the grunge description.

It didn’t quite fit.  And neither does this death.

Nirvana made depressing ditties.  It wasn’t the same.  As shocking as Kurt Cobain’s suicide was, at least you could hear it in his music.  It kind made sense in the end.

Not only that, Soundgarden made it past their ‘formative’ years, playing in front aging Gen Xers.  Earlier this week, in fact.  And they could have probably toured for decades to come, if not longer.

But while Mick Jagger and Keith Richards defy the upper limits mortality, grunge’s icons aren’t making it halfway.  Turns out Kurt and Lane Staley were just the early warning signs.  Scott Weiland had a delayed reaction.  Cornell polished it f.

There’s still Dave Grohl.  Highly-functioning, creative, fatherly, energetic.  And Eddie Vedder.  Constantly touring, writing, and playing.

Hope there isn’t another shoe waiting to drop somewhere.