American musicians died before 40

Here are 47 famous musicians from United States of America died before 40:

Stevie Ray Vaughan

Stevie Ray Vaughan (October 3, 1954 Dallas-August 27, 1990 East Troy) also known as Stevie Ray Vaughn, Stevie Ray Vaugham, SRV, Stivie Ray Vaughn, Stevie Vaughan, Stephen "Stevie" Ray Vaughan or Stephen Ray Vaughan was an American singer, musician, singer-songwriter, guitarist, songwriter and record producer.

His albums include Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: Stevie Ray Vaughan, Box Set 3, Bug, Let the Good Times Roll (disc 2), Rough Edges, The Final Concert at Alpine, Tokyo '85, Touch the Sky - Studio Sessions, Mega Rare Trax, Volume 1 and Collections. Genres he performed: Blues, Blues rock, Electric blues, Southern rock, Jazz, Texas blues, Instrumental rock, Rock music and Jazz fusion.

He died in helicopter crash.

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Jeffrey Dahmer

Jeffrey Dahmer (May 21, 1960 West Allis-November 28, 1994 Portage) also known as Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer was an American criminal.

He died caused by murder.

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John Kennedy Toole

John Kennedy Toole (December 17, 1937 New Orleans-March 26, 1969 Biloxi) was an American author, writer, novelist, professor, journalist and soldier.

He died in suicide.

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Edward Higgins White

Edward Higgins White (November 14, 1930 San Antonio-January 27, 1967 Cape Canaveral) also known as Edward Higgins White, II was an American astronaut. He had two children, Bonnie Lynn White and Edward Higgins White III.

He died in smoke inhalation.

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Ronald McNair

Ronald McNair (October 21, 1950 Lake City-January 28, 1986 Cape Canaveral) was an American physicist and astronaut. He had two children, Reginald Ervin McNair and Joy Cheray McNair.

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Judith Resnik

Judith Resnik (April 5, 1949 Akron-January 28, 1986 Cape Canaveral) was an American engineer, scientist and astronaut.

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Clifton Williams

Clifton Williams (September 26, 1932 Mobile-October 5, 1967 Tallahassee) was an American astronaut and test pilot.

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Patricia Robertson

Patricia Robertson (March 12, 1963 Indiana-May 24, 2001 Houston) also known as Dr. Patricia Robertson was an American physician and astronaut.

She died in aviation accident or incident.

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Stephen Thorne

Stephen Thorne (February 11, 1953 Frankfurt-May 24, 1986 Santa Fe) was an American astronaut.

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Christa McAuliffe

Christa McAuliffe (September 2, 1948 Boston-January 28, 1986 Cape Canaveral) was an American teacher and astronaut. Her children are called Scott Corrigan and Caroline Corrigan.

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Roger B. Chaffee

Roger B. Chaffee (February 15, 1935 Grand Rapids-January 27, 1967 Cape Canaveral Air Force Station) otherwise known as Roger Chaffee was an American astronaut. His children are called Stephen Chaffee and Sheryl Lyn Chaffee.

He died caused by smoke inhalation.

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Pierre J. Thuot

Pierre J. Thuot (May 19, 1955 Groton-April 5, 1995) also known as Pierre Thuot was an American astronaut.

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Edward Givens

Edward Givens (January 5, 1930 Quanah-June 6, 1967 Houston) was an American astronaut and fighter pilot.

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Ellison Onizuka

Ellison Onizuka (June 24, 1946 Kealakekua-January 28, 1986 Cape Canaveral) was an American engineer and astronaut. He had two children, Darien Lei Shizue Onizuka-Morgan and Janelle Onizuka-Gillilan.

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Michael J. Adams

Michael J. Adams (May 5, 1930 Sacramento-November 15, 1967 Johannesburg) was an American astronaut and pilot.

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George Armstrong Custer

George Armstrong Custer (December 5, 1839 New Rumley-June 25, 1876 Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument) also known as George Custer was an American personality.

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Jayne Mansfield

Jayne Mansfield (April 19, 1933 Bryn Mawr-June 29, 1967 Slidell) a.k.a. Vera Jayne Palmer, Jaynie, Vera Jane Palmer, Broadway's Smartest Dumb Blonde, Vera Palmer or Vera Jayne Peers was an American actor, pin-up girl, model, showgirl, singer, entertainer, violinist and pianist. She had five children, Mariska Hargitay, Jayne Marie Mansfield, Mickey Hargitay Jr., Zoltan Hargitay and Tony Cimber.

Her albums include Jayne Mansfield: Shakespeare, Tchaikovsky & Me and Jayne Mansfield Busts Up Las Vegas. Her related genres: Country and Pop music.

She died as a result of traffic collision.

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Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe (June 1, 1926 Los Angeles-August 5, 1962 Brentwood) also known as Marylin Monroe, Norma Jeane Mortenson, Marliyn Monroe, Norma Jeane Mortensen, Norma Jeane Baker, Norma Jeane DiMaggio, Norma Jeane Dougherty, Marilyn Monroe Miller, The Blonde Bombshell, MM, Merilin Monro or Jean Norman was an American model, singer, actor, showgirl and film producer.

Discography: Bye Bye Baby, I Wanna Be Loved By You, Marilyn Monroe, 24 Great Hits, Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend, La legende, Never Before and Never Again, Rare Recordings 1948-1962, Real Gold and The Complete Recordings.

She died in barbiturate overdose.

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Anna Nicole Smith

Anna Nicole Smith (November 28, 1967 Harris County-February 8, 2007 Hollywood) also known as Vickie Lynn Hogan, Vickie Lynn Marshall, Nikki Hart, Anna Nicole, Vickie Smith, Vicki Smith or Vickie Hogan was an American adult model, actor, film producer, spokesperson, screenwriter, film director, model and stripper. Her children are Daniel Wayne Smith and Dannielynn Marshall.

She died as a result of drug overdose.

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Randolph Bourne

Randolph Bourne (May 30, 1886 Bloomfield-December 22, 1918) was an American personality.

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Lucy Grealy

Lucy Grealy (June 3, 1963 Dublin-December 18, 2002 Manhattan) was an American writer.

She died as a result of drug overdose.

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Sylvia Plath

Sylvia Plath (October 27, 1932 Jamaica Plain-February 11, 1963 London) otherwise known as Plath, Sylvia was an American poet, writer, novelist and author. She had two children, Nicholas Hughes and Frieda Hughes.

She died as a result of suicide.

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David B. Feinberg

David B. Feinberg (November 25, 1956 Lynn-November 2, 1994) also known as David Feinberg was an American writer and novelist.

He died in hiv/aids.

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GG Allin

GG Allin (August 29, 1956 Lancaster-June 28, 1993 New York City) a.k.a. G.G. Allin or Allin, GG was an American singer, musician, singer-songwriter and actor.

His albums: You'll Never Tame Me, Suicidal Motherfucker (1987-1988), Rock 'n' Roll Terrorist, Aloha From Dallas, Freaks, Faggots, Drunks & Junkies, Public Animal #1, The Best of Suicide Sessions - Antisocial Personality Disorder Live, The Early Years (1976-1984), Dirty Love Songs and Doctrine of Mayhem. Genres he performed include Punk rock, Rock music, Spoken word, Country, Shock rock, Hardcore punk, Garage rock, Hard rock, Rock and roll and Outlaw country.

He died caused by drug overdose.

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Mac Hyman

Mac Hyman (August 25, 1923 Cordele-July 17, 1963 Cordele) was an American writer and novelist. He had one child, Gwyn Hyman Rubio.

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Douglas Kenney

Douglas Kenney (December 10, 1946 West Palm Beach-August 27, 1980 Kauai) also known as Douglas Clark Kenney or Douglas C. Kenney was an American magazine editor, screenwriter, actor, writer, entrepreneur and film producer.

He died as a result of suicide.

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Joyce Kilmer

Joyce Kilmer (December 6, 1886 New Brunswick-July 30, 1918 Seringes-et-Nesles) was an American writer.

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Essex Hemphill

Essex Hemphill (April 16, 1957 Chicago-November 4, 1995) was an American writer.

He died in hiv/aids.

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Lester Bangs

Lester Bangs (December 14, 1948 Escondido-April 30, 1982 New York City) otherwise known as Leslie Conway Bangs or Leslie Conway "Lester" Bangs was an American writer, journalist and music critic.

Discography: Let It Blurt / Live, Jook Savages on the Brazos and Birdlands With Lester Bangs.

He died in drug overdose.

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Joseph Smith

Joseph Smith (December 23, 1805 Sharon-June 27, 1844 Carthage) also known as Mayor Joseph Smith, Jr. or Joseph Smith, Jr. was an American tradesman and politician. He had two children, Joseph Smith III and Julia Murdock Smith.

He died in murder.

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Charles Tomlinson Griffes

Charles Tomlinson Griffes (September 17, 1884 Elmira-April 8, 1920 New York City) also known as Griffes, Charles Tomlinson was an American composer.

His albums: My Name Is Barbara.

He died caused by influenza.

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George Gershwin

George Gershwin (September 26, 1898 Brooklyn-July 11, 1937 Los Angeles) also known as Gershwin, G. Gershwin, George Gershswin, Geo Gershwin, Gershwin (1898-1937), Gershwin, George, George, Jacob Gershowitz, George and Ira Gershwin or Gershwsin was an American songwriter, composer and pianist.

His albums include Rhapsody in Blue / An American in Paris / Broadway Overtures (feat. conductor: Michael Tilson Thomas), Rhapsody in Blue, Concerto in F, American in Paris (London Symphony Orchestra feat. conductor: André Previn), Strike Up the Band: The Canadian Brass Plays George Gershwin, S'Wonderful, Porgy and Bess (The Glyndebourne Chorus & London Philharmonic feat. conductor: Simon Rattle), Crazy for You (1992 original Broadway cast), By George! Gershwin's Greatest Hits, Giora Feidmann - Gershwin & The Klezmer, From Gershwin’s Time: The Original Sounds of George Gershwin 1920–1945 and The Best of Gershwin. Genres he performed: 20th-century classical music, Opera, Musical theatre and Film score.

He died as a result of brain tumor.

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Fats Waller

Fats Waller (May 21, 1904 New York City-December 15, 1943 Kansas City) also known as Waller Fats, Thomas Wright Waller, Thomas 'Fats' Walter, Thomas "Fats" Waller, Waller, Fats, J. Lawrence Cook, Thomas Wright "Fats or Waller was an American composer, musician, comedian, singer, organist and jazz pianist.

Discography: Breakin' The Ice: The Early Years, Part 1 (1934-1935), I'm Gonna Sit Right Down: The Early Years (1935-1936), The Chronological Classics: Fats Waller 1940-1941, Best of the War Years (V-disc), Portrait, Volume 1, A Handfull of Fats, 20.3003-HI: Believe in Miracles, Ain't Misbehavin' [Past Perfect], This Is So Nice, It Must Be Illegal and Classic Jazz From Rare Piano Rolls. Genres he performed include Jazz, Stride, Swing music, Ragtime and Dixieland.

He died as a result of myocardial infarction.

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Blind Lemon Jefferson

Blind Lemon Jefferson (September 24, 1893 Coutchman, Texas-December 19, 1929 Chicago) also known as Jefferson, Blind Lemon was an American singer, singer-songwriter and musician.

His discography includes: The Complete Recordings, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Cat Man Blues, Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order, Volume 2: 1927, King of the Country Blues, Moanin' All Over, The Best of Blind Lemon Jefferson, The Essential Recordings, The Complete 94 Classic Sides and Texas Blues. Genres he performed include Blues and Gospel blues.

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Cyril M. Kornbluth

Cyril M. Kornbluth (July 23, 1923 New York City-March 21, 1958 Levittown) also known as Arthur Cooke, Cecil Corwin, Cyril Judd, Cyril Kornbluth, Edward J. Bellin, Gabriel Barclay, Ivar Towers, Jordan Park, Kenneth Falconer, Paul Dennis Lavond, S. D. Gottesman, Simon Eisner, Walter C. Davies or Cyril Michael Kornbluth was an American novelist and writer.

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Dana Plato

Dana Plato (November 7, 1964 Maywood-May 8, 1999 Moore) also known as Dana Michelle Plato or Dana Michelle Strain was an American actor. She had one child, Tyler Lambert.

She died caused by drug overdose.

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John Belushi

John Belushi (January 24, 1949 Humboldt Park-March 5, 1982 Hollywood) a.k.a. John Adam Belushi, Jake Blues, "Joilet" Jake Blues, Jake, Kevin Scott or America's Guest was an American comedian, actor, screenwriter and musician.

He died caused by heroin overdose.

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Kim Milford

Kim Milford (February 7, 1951 Glen Ridge-June 16, 1988 Chicago) a.k.a. Richard Kim Milford or Richard Milford was an American actor, singer-songwriter and singer.

He died as a result of heart failure.

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Lou Gehrig

Lou Gehrig (June 19, 1903 Yorkville-June 2, 1941 Riverdale) also known as The Iron Horse, Henry Louis Gehrig, Lou, Buster, Ludwig Heinrich Gehrig, Larrupin' Lou, Biscuit Pants, Henry Louis "Lou" Gehrig or Henry Louis "Buster" Gehrig was an American baseball player and actor.

He died caused by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

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Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 Atlanta-April 4, 1968 Memphis) also known as Martin Luther King, Martin Luther King, Jr, Martin Luther King Jr., King, Martin Luther, Jr., Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr., Dr. Martin Luther King, Rev. Martin Luther King, M.L.K., Michael King, Jr., MLK, Michael Luther King Jr., Michael King, King, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. or Dr Martin Luther King was an American writer, minister, civil rights activist, pastor, humanitarian and clergy. His children are called Dexter Scott King, Martin Luther King III, Bernice King and Yolanda King.

He died caused by assassination by firearm.

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Phil Ochs

Phil Ochs (December 19, 1940 El Paso-April 9, 1976 Far Rockaway) also known as Philip David Ochs or Ochs, Phil was an American singer and singer-songwriter.

His most important albums: The War Is Over: The Best of Phil Ochs, The Broadside Tapes 1, All the News That's Fit to Sing, American Troubadour, Farewells & Fantasies, Greatest Hits, Gunfight at Carnegie Hall, I Ain't Marching Anymore, In Concert and Pleasures of the Harbor. Genres he performed include Folk music, Folk rock and Country.

He died in suicide.

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Robert E. Howard

Robert E. Howard (January 22, 1906 Peaster-June 11, 1936 Cross Plains) a.k.a. Robert Ervin Howard, Patrick Ervin or Robert Howard was an American writer, novelist and author.

He died caused by firearm.

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Theodore Judah

Theodore Judah (March 4, 1826 Bridgeport-November 2, 1863) also known as Theodore Dehone Judah was an American entrepreneur and engineer.

He died as a result of yellow fever.

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Tom Burnett

Tom Burnett (May 29, 1970 Bloomington-September 11, 2001 Stonycreek Township) also known as Thomas Edward Burnett Jr., Thomas E. Burnett Jr. . or Tommy was an American citizen soldier and air force officer. His children are called Madison Burnett, Anna Clare Burnett and Halley Burnett.

He died caused by aviation accident or incident.

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Stonewall Jackson

Stonewall Jackson (January 21, 1824 Clarksburg-May 10, 1863 Guinea, Virginia) a.k.a. Thomas Jonathan Jackson or Thomas J. Jackson was an American personality.

He died in pneumonia.

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Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee (November 27, 1940 Chinatown-July 20, 1973 Kowloon Tong) also known as Jun Fan Lee, 李小龍, Lee Jun-fan, Bruce Lee Siu-Lung, Mr. Bruce Lee, Lee Siu Lung, Yam Lee, Siu-Lung Lee, Xiaolong Li, Lee Siu-Lung, Little Dragon Lee, Lei5 Zan3 Faan4, 李振藩, 李源鑫, Lǐ Xiǎolóng, Li Yuanxin, 李小龙, Li Yuanjian, Li Xiaolong, 李元鑒, Lei5 Siu2 Lung4, Lǐ Zhènfān, Jun-fan, 震藩, Lee Jun Fan or Bruce Lee Jun Fan Yuen Kam was an American actor, screenwriter, film director, martial arts instructor, philosopher, film producer and martial artist. His children are Brandon Lee and Shannon Lee.

He died as a result of cerebral edema.

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Ted Demme

Ted Demme (October 26, 1963 New York City-January 13, 2002 Santa Monica) a.k.a. Edward Demme, "Ted", Edward K. "Ted" Demme or Edward K. Demme was an American film director, actor, film producer, television producer and television director.

He died caused by drug overdose.

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