The 27 Club is the unofficial name for a group of famous musicians, artists, or actors who died at the age of 27. There is a strong notion of myth surrounding the 27 Club and the iconic artists that died at that age. Many wonder what is the connection between the members of the club, besides the age, that is. Maybe it is the fame that throws them into a fast and furious lifestyle. Perhaps, like Icarus, they fly too close to the burning sun.
The first known member of the notorious club was Alexandre Levy, a popular Brazilian pianist, and composer that was considered one of the best musicians of his time and was often named in the same breath with classical composers such as Mozart and Beethoven. There is no record regarding the cause of his premature death in 1892 at the age of 27. As we commemorate the death of Amy Winehouse, the famed British singer that died on July 23, 2011, here is a list of the most famous members of the 27 Club.