Why Is 27 The Magic Number To Lose People

In light of our discussions last week, I think it's fitting that we digress a little from our usual banter and make reference to another troubled artist lost this weekend:

Though I have never been a fan of her music, (Pete's sister Cathy does)  I sorta liked her "do it my way" style. And, any 27 year old spiraling out of control and ending up dead is a tragedy ... I just wish she realized how special she was ... without drugs and alcohol. While we are just speculating, at this time we don't know what caused her death.

It makes sense to note that the late great Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Kristen Pfaff (of Hole), Robert Johnson (blues artist), Brian Jones (Rolling Stone) all share Amy's death age as well as troubled past.

I wonder if it's a coincidence or an age that young troubled artists stress over that ultimately leads to the point of no return.



  1. Very sad news about Amy. She was unique and had a incredible voice. I dont know what it is about being 27 and dying but I do know in numerology 27 2+7 goes to a 9 and that is endings. Unfortunately I think a lot of people are going to remember her as a drug addict.
    So many people think being an addict is a choice, it isn't. Sure they decide to take the drug in the beginning but there is always a underlying mental illness that makes them become a full blown addict. Very creative people always have mental issues it seems to go hand in hand. Thank god Peter didnt die at 27.
    Wherever you are Amy, I wish you peace.

  2. I too have thought a lot about Ms. Winehouse's passing this weekend. I am only 29, and 27 is such a young age to die! She must have been in a lot of pain (emotionally and psychologically). There have been times in my past when I used drugs and alcohol to quiet my demons. Fortunately, I learned that I don't need those things in order to deal with, well, life! I wish she could've realized that before her untimely death. Wherever she is now, I hope she has found peace and understanding. No one said this life would be fun, fair, or easy. I thank God I have such good friends to hold me up me and guide me through the dark times . ..

  3. This is the first I heard about this and though I'm not a fan I would like to send my condolences to her friends and family as well as her fans. I don't really buy into the age 27 curse but at the same time I can see rockstars stressing over it. I know from first hand experience though that you believe nothing can touch you, that you're invinceable at that age. When you are in your twenties you take advice from no one, you want to experience everything for yourself and sometimes it ends badly! God, I would love to see what Jim Morrison would be doing today had he lived, maybe there could have been a duet with him and Peter...DAMN THAT WOULD'VE BEEN AWESOME!!! (-)

  4. It is very sad reading about amy and so many others who battle addiction and are taken from this world too soon. Thank you for sharing .. R.I.P Amy

  5. She was far away enough from Pa, so I am hopeful for her family that they will find someday peace. And not a bunch of people, which are searching the spotlight.

  6. It is sad and if you read back over the course of history some of the most talented and gifted artists out there are (or were in Amy's case) tortured souls with demons of their own. Their way of coping was through their art, music, or writing. They were able to reach out through their own nightmares to us and allowed us to feel so not alone and forget our own pain at times. The gift they gave us while living is priceless, I can only believe they are at peace now.

  7. I also was sad to hear about Ms. Winehouse. She had a great voice. I was reading an article today where her Dad said they tried to get her sectioned under England's Mental Health Act to get her cleaned up but the authorities don't consider cronic drug & alcohol abuse as someone being a danger to themselves.(How many times does this happen? sickening!) So once again the loved ones hands were tied with trying to help someone who is addicted to drugs and alcohol! Both of her parents tried to help her as did her record company but because she was an adult not open to receiving help they had no recourse. They said they expected her to be found dead at some point. There has got to be a better way! I wish lawmakers and healthcare professionals would truly accept that this is a disease and treat it as such. Very sad. :( Peace.

  8. We all felt invincible around that age, I think it is a fair thing to say. The thoughts that go through our heads are "This shit won't catch up with me until I get older." By we I mean addicts. I can only say from experience and humans are alot alike in the ways of psychology. No matter how special you feel you are. I am glad to recover from an addiction to a substance. These people did not die in vain if everyone can learn a lesson from it.

  9. Rosemarie from NY5:57 PM, July 25, 2011

    I miss Peter Steele I miss all the dearly departed that left so soon. We have to do something about addiction. We have to find ways to reach our loved ones we cannot let them slip away. I'm going on a one woman campaign to stop drug addiction. Let's start a world wide anti drug addiction movement. Starting with the medical community, give us affordable healthcare, give us better mental health benefits. Stop paying enormous salaries to politicians, athletes (sorry guys) entertainers (except musicians they earn every dollar) etc...and spend it on preventative medicine...stop it before it starts. Get Doctors to RE-READ their hypocratic oath saying they won't harm their patients by over prescribing meds. We have to get to the individuals who are supplying people with drugs that are killing them. I know this is a tall order but I'm sick of it....I'm sick and angry we are losing too many wonderfully talented individuals...let's get our lives back!! Let's save our loved ones. Who's with me?

  10. It seems like every generation needs a fallen celebrity to open some young eyes. Kurt Cobain was back in my day. I loved his music and his teenage runaway look and sound. He looked like half the kids I hung out with in high school and had a major crush on him! I used to fall asleep at night with Nevermind on full blast and once I was asleep my parents would come into my room and shut it off. Every time they were on MTV or on Saturday Night Live, I hung on to every second, it seemed. As time went by, he looked paler, more gaunt, broken out, sick, and he had Courtney Love with him who made Amy Winehouse look flawless. I remember being 18 and saying that Kurt wasn't going to last much longer and that was when I had it set in my head that drugs sucked.
    Amy Winehouse was an awesome artist! Her voice was phenominal! I remember hearing "Rehab" and being blown away when they played it on a college radio station! But you saw her decline so fast and the media was all over that poor girl! We saw every little move she made! What started it all? Her ex-husband! Feels like deja vu to a few posts ago.
    I am going to backtrack a little. Kurt Cobain, Jim Morrison, and Janis Joplin showed us how ugly cocaine and heroin can look. Jimi Hendrix showed us how ugly drugs and alcohol can look. Lets not forget about Sid and Nancy! Go to any given bar and you get those toothless stinky barflies that do drugs in the bathroom and come out and "work" the guys at the bar. Glamorous, no way! I have had many people ask if I "party" and I tell them I am too beautiful and my teeth are too pretty and I don't want to lose them! BTW, I am allergic to crack and melting heroin and will break out in hives, my throat will swell and I will die, so do it a mile away from me! But on some days I just tell them to go eat sh:)t and I don't owe them an explanation at all. I can't understand how drugs can be seen as glamorous and sexy and how people can be talked into doing them. Call me vain, but seeing the boils on Kurt Cobain's face from heroin, my best friend in high school freak out on angel dust and kill himself, other friends waste down to nothing on coke and lose their teeth, I saw enough to never try a hard drug. Humans are made to learn from others' mistakes!

  11. Hypocratic Oath - read it, live it MD's!!!
    This is the Modern Version by the way.

    "I swear to fulfill, to the best of my ability and judgment, this covenant:
    I will respect the hard-won scientific gains of those physicians in whose steps I walk, and gladly share such knowledge as is mine with those who are to follow.

    I will apply, for the benefit of the sick, all measures [that] are required, avoiding those twin traps of overtreatment and therapeutic nihilism.

    I will remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon's knife or the chemist's drug.

    I will not be ashamed to say "I know not," nor will I fail to call in my colleagues when the skills of another are needed for a patient's recovery.

    I will respect the privacy of my patients, for their problems are not disclosed to me that the world may know. Most especially must I tread with care in matters of life and death. If it is given to me to save a life, all thanks. But it may also be within my power to take a life; this awesome responsibility must be faced with great humbleness and awareness of my own frailty. Above all, I must not play at God.

    I will remember that I do not treat a fever chart, a cancerous growth, but a sick human being, whose illness may affect the person's family and economic stability. My responsibility includes these related problems, if I am to care adequately for the sick.

    I will prevent disease whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure.

    I will remember that I remain a member of society, with special obligations to all my fellow human beings, those sound of mind and body as well as the infirm.

    If I do not violate this oath, may I enjoy life and art, respected while I live and remembered with affection thereafter. May I always act so as to preserve the finest traditions of my calling and may I long experience the joy of healing those who seek my help."