New York Dolls guitarist Johnny Thunders passed away on April 23, 1991. Though many rumors surrounded Thunders' death, it was ruled that he died of drug-related causes. Thunders had been staying at the St. Peter House in New Orleans and by the time he was discovered, rigor mortis had set in.
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Veteran New York punk rocker Stiv Bators met his end on June 3, 1990 when he struck by a taxi while crossing the street in Paris. Bators, best known for his stint playing with Dead Boys, was reportedly taken to a Paris hospital after the incident but left before receiving any treatment. The rocker claimed that he was fine, but then passed in his sleep later that evening.
Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious was to stand trial for murdering his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen, but never lived to see the trial. After being released on bail from jail in 1979, a small gathering attended a party to celebrate at his New York apartment. The rocker's mother, a registered drug addict herself, had some heroin delivered to the apartment. Vicious, who had been clean while behind bars, overdosed on Feb. 2, 1979.
In the most recent of these strange deaths, Samong "Avaejee" Traisattha, vocalist for the black metal band Surrender of Divinity, was stabbed to death in his home on Jan. 8, 2014. The Thai musician was discovered by his wife, who had just put the couple's child to bed.
Yellow Dogs guitarist Sourosh Farazmand and drummer Arash Farazmand were tragically killed by a gunman in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Nov. 11.
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts drummer Lee 'Crystal' Sackett passed away on Nov. 5 due to complications from multiple sclerosis.
Founding Vixen guitarist Jan Kuehnemund passed away from cancer at the age of 51 on Oct. 10.
Eyehategod drummer Joey LaCaze passed away from respiratory failure on Aug. 23. LaCaze was 42 years old and left behind a wife and a child.