謎の死を遂げたミュージシャンたち

音楽史にその名を刻むミュージシャンたちの中には、ある日突然その命を終える者も少なくない。その理由は様々だが、「不慮の事故死」として処理されたブライアン・ジョーンズをはじめ、死そのものがミステリーに包まれているのは確かだ。そこで、最も不可解な死を遂げたミュージシャンたちを以下にリストアップした。



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Musicians Who've Died Under Mysterious Circumstances
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The Rolling Stones guitarist was discovered unconscious in his pool in 1969
and died before doctors arrived at his home, Cotchford Farm. Though Jones' death was ruled "death by misadventure," others -- including people who were there that night -- claim that Frank Thorogood was responsible, either maliciously or by accident. Thorogood, who died in 1994, worked as a contractor on Jones' home and was allegedly fired by the former Stone the day of the incident. After reviewing new evidence, including allegations that police altered witness statements, the police declined to reopen the case in 2010.

In 1971, the Doors singer was found dead in the bathtub of his Paris apartment and was buried without an autopsy. His longtime girlfriend, Pamela Courson, said that he died of a heroin overdose while in the tub, though she gave several contradictory statements. In 2007, a "friend" of Morrison's said the singer actually overdosed in the bathroom of a nearby club and was carried back to the apartment by drug dealers to avoid police attention. And, of course, there are those who believe that Morrison is still alive.

Kurt Cobain's death was ruled a suicide by self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, but that hasn't stopped plenty of people from claiming it was a murder. The proponents of this theory -- who often place blame on the grunge icon's wife, Courtney Love -- claim that Cobain's suicide note was finished by someone else, that he had too much heroin in his system to commit the act, that Cobain was going to cut Love out of his will, and so on. The theory seems to have died in popularity in recent years but still persists, with Cobain's grandfather even admitting he believes Kurt was murdered.

Struggling with his finances, depression and addiction, Marvin Gaye moved in with his parents in 1983 in an attempt to get healthy. He and his father, Marvin Gay Sr. (Marvin Jr. added the "e" to his last name), argued constantly, and on the day in question, things got physical after Marvin Sr. had a heated fight with his wife. After the confrontation between father and son, Marvin Sr. grabbed a gun and shot his son in the chest, then fired again, killing the Motown legend. Thanks to the bruises found on Marvin Sr. and the drugs found in his son's system, the 70-year-old avoided a first-degree murder charge and pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter, though family members claimed it was a cold-blooded killing. When Marvin Sr. was asked if he loved his son, he reportedly said, "Let's say that I didn't dislike him."

INXS singer Michael Hutchence's body was discovered in a Sydney hotel by a maid in November 1997. The initial ruling was suicide, as he was found naked, hanging from a doorway in the room, which was reportedly filled with alcohol and prescription drugs. The 37-year-old had been involved in a custody battle over his daughter, Tiger Lily, with girlfriend Paula Yates, which led the coroner to determine that Hutchence was distraught at the time of his death. Yates, for her part, later claimed that Hutchence died while practicing autoerotic asphyxiation, the self-deprivation of oxygen to increase sexual pleasure. Yates died in 2000 of a heroin overdose.

What is known about the soul legend's death is that he died after being shot by Bertha Franklin, the manager of Los Angeles' Hacienda Motel. Cooke allegedly burst into Franklin's office wearing only a sport jacket and underwear then attacked her. The events leading up to the shooting are even murkier: Cooke was at the motel with Elisa Boyer, who claimed that the singer tried to rape her. She fled, taking some of Cooke's clothes with her, leading to Cooke to chase her and run into Franklin's office. Boyer was later arrested for prostitution, and Cooke's thousands in cash were never recovered, lending credence to the theory that he was the victim of robbery. Either way, Franklin was exonerated in the shooting and Boyer was never charged.

British rocker Richey Edwards disappeared on Feb. 1, 1995, the day he was due to fly to the U.S. for a press tour. The Manic Street Preachers guitarist's car was found abandoned a couple weeks later, and there were plenty of purported sightings during that period. To this day, Edwards has never been found, and many speculate he committed suicide after years of battling depression. Even though fans still claim to have seen him, Edwards was declared "presumed dead" in 2008.

Tupac Shakur | Notorious B.I.G. | Jam Master Jay

Three hip-hop legends, three unsolved murders. All three are interconnected, with Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G.'s deaths coming as the result of the much-hyped coastal hip-hop rivalry.
Many conspiracy theories abound, with Marion "Suge" Knight and LAPD officers being named, with somewhat convincing evidence.

Three hip-hop legends, three unsolved murders. All three are interconnected, with Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G.'s deaths coming as the result of the much-hyped coastal hip-hop rivalry.
Many conspiracy theories abound, with Marion "Suge" Knight and LAPD officers being named, with somewhat convincing evidence.

In the case of Run-DMC's Jam Master Jay, prosecutors named Ronald "Tenad" Washington as an accomplice of the shooter. Washington was previously associated with the 1995 murder of Randy "Stretch" Walker, a collaborator of Shakur's.

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PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 23:  Musician/director Adam Yauch from the band Beastie Boys of the film "Awesome: I F*ckin' Shot That!"  poses for a portrait at the Getty Images Portrait Studio during the 2006 Sundance Film Festival on January 23, 2006 in Park City, Utah.

SANTA MONICA, CA - FILE:  Musician Adam Yauch arrives at the 24th Annual Film Independent's Spirit Awards held at Santa Monica Beach on February 21, 2009 in Santa Monica, California.  Rapper Adam Yauch, AKA MCA, of the Beastie Boys has died May 4, 2012 after battling cancer.  He was 47.

FILE: MCA of the Beastie Boys during The Beastie Boys in Concert - December 7, 2004 at Wembley Arena in London, Great Britain. Rapper Adam Yauch, AKA MCA, of the Beastie Boys has died May 4, 2012 after battling cancer.  He was 47.

Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys performs during "New Yorkers Against Violence" at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City.  All profits raised from the show will go to help people affected by the World Trade Center tragedy.  10/29/01

NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 08:  Musician Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys attends the premiere of "The Messenger" at Clearview Chelsea Cinemas on November 8, 2009 in New York City.

LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 9:  Adam Yauch "MCA" of the Beastie Boys performs during MTV2's 2$Bill concert series at the Huntridge Theater, June 9, 2004 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

IRVINE, CA - JUNE 12:  Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys performs at the Kroq Weenie Roast 2004 concert held at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater on June 12, 2004 in Irvine, California.

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 03:  MCA of the Beastie Boys performs during the VH1 Hip Hop Honors October 3, 2004 in New York City.

NEW YORK - JUNE 5: Musicians Adam Horovitz, Mike Diamond and Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys arrive at the 11th Annual Webby Awards at Chipriani Wall Street June 5, 2007 in New York City.

NEW YORK - JUNE 15: Rapper Adam Yauch "MCA" of the Beastie Boys appears on a live taping of MTV's "Live to the 5 Boroughs" in support of their new CD "To The 5 Boroughs" at the MTV Times Square Studio in New York City.

NEW YORK - APRIL 28:  Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys attends the premiere of "Gunnin For That #1 Spot" during the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival on April 28, 2008 in New York City.

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 24:  Adam Yauch attends the premiere of "The Social Network" during the 48th New York Film Festival at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on September 24, 2010 in New York City.

NEW YORK - MAY 27:  Beastie Boys (Adam Horovitz, Michael Diamond And Adam Yauch) pose for a portrait on May 27, 1994 in New York City, New York.

MIAMI - AUGUST 29:  The Beastie Boys arrive at the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards at the American Airlines Arena August 29, 2004 in Miami, Florida.

NEW YORK - APRIL 14:  Michael 'Mike D' Diamond, Adam 'Ad-Rock' Horovitz and Adam 'MCA' Yauch of The Beastie Boys attends the after party for HBO films presents "Grey Gardens" New York premiere at the Pierre Hotel on April 14, 2009 in New York City.

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