Musicians who were murdered!

Fame comes at a high cost, and for some unlucky musicians, this cost is their life. This is the case for the musicians included on this list, as they met their untimely ends at the hands of another human being.

John Lennon

John Lennon

John Lennon is best known for his time with the breakout band The Beatles. On Monday, December 8th of 1980, he was shot and killed by Mark David Chapman, who shot him four times. Lennon was pronounced dead upon arriving at the hospital.

Tupac Shakur

Tupac Shakur, known as simply Tupac was only 25 when he died. He fell victim to a drive by shooting in Las Vegas in 1996.

Mia Zapata

Mia Zapata was the lead singer of a 1990’s Seattle based punk band called The Gits. While on her way home from a venue in 1993, she was raped, beaten, and strangled to death by an unknown assailant.


Peter Tosh

Peter Tosh was the founder of Wailers, and later on a solo reggae artist. Tosh died as a result of a robbery gone wrong, being shot and killed in his home after armed gunmen tried to rob him of his belongings.

Valentin Elizalde

At the age of 27 in 2006, Mexican singer and songwriter Valentin Elizalde, was pronounced dead after being shot multiple times while in his vehicle.

Marvin Gaye

In 1984, Marvin Gaye returned home to live with his parents. Things between Gaye and his father reached a breaking point, and his father shot him after a fight over legal documents.


A member of the Detroit based rap group alongside artists like Eminem, Proof was on his way to international success. Unfortunately, he died after being shot at a Detroit club after firing off a shot of his own and killing Keith Bender.

Suzanne Tamim

Suzanne Tamim, the body behind the name Suzanne Tamim, was found dead in 2008. She was found in a Dubai hotel room with multiple stab wounds. Her assailants ere found and tried in 2009, being sentenced to death by hanging in the Egyptian court.


AN Atlantis based rapped, Dolla was killed at the age of 21 in Los Angeles. The rapper was shot in the head while out on a shopping trip. Aubrey Louis Berry, a 23-year-old male, was charged with the crime.

Fame will continue to be the motive for killing musicians- it’s just a matter of who is next.

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