Musical artists in both the past and present have been some of the wisest individuals to grace the planet, some even so clever as to predict their own deaths. Living in a world full of wild parties, crazed fans and looming temptations, these stars were quoted predicting the times/ reasoning behind their own personal demise. First up, the one and only Jimi Hendrix.
Those who had the pleasure to work with one of the most talented guitarists of all time shared plenty of stories regarding Jimi’s outward paranoia.
Jimi was ironically quite self-conscious as a performing artist and never felt confident about singing in front of a crowd. It was clear from historical anecdotes and footage that the talent dabbled in the world of drugs during his fleeting youth. But, what really caught the attention of the people was Jimi’s iconic song recorded five years before his own death called “The Ballad of Jimi.”
The Ballad Of Jimi
This ballad essentially was dedicated to his own personal demise with lyrics like, “Many things he would try, for soon he knew he would die.” And “Now Jimi’s gone, he’s not alone. His memory still lives on. Five years, this he said. He’s not gone, he’s just dead.”
Even stranger is that Jimi actually wrote and recorded this track 2 years before fame even approached his doorstep, in 1965 and never worked it into an album during his career. Whether Hendrix truly meant it at the time, he passed away exactly five years later from a drug overdose and the coincidence of this occurrence still haunts us. Gone but never forgotten, Jimi’s music will always inspire.
Around the time of Lennon’s death, he was well aware that his open political views toward the war were initiating some controversy. Especially after the Beatles’ manager, Brian Epstein, was shot, Lennon was even quoted saying “I’m next, I know it.”
Famously the singer/song writer put away his passion for a few years to raise his son in ’75, but it only took John five years to make it back to the studio. Eventually, his personal work throughout that period of his life manifested to become his last ever album Double Fantasy. On the album was the eerily predicting track called “Borrowed Time” that revealed the lyrics “Living on borrowed time, without a thought for tomorrow.”
Lennon’s Accurate Prediction
As one of the last songs that Lennon recorded, some are led to believe that Lennon knew his time was truly approaching. Early on in his life when Epstein was murdered he even admitted “I won’t be here when I’m 40. I won’t make 40.”
Whether Lennon had a suspicious feeling that his murderer was lurking around the corner or not, he ironically did live to see 40 but not for long. The Beatle was shot just outside of his New York City apartment building in 1980 by a troubled man named Mark Chapman even further fulfilling Lennon’s creepy prediction ” I’ll probably be popped off by a loony.”
Those who knew the T. Rex lead singer and over-the-top glam rocker Marc Bolan all agreed that the talent wouldn’t make it to the age of 30 with his extravagant lifestyle. Even the rocker himself agreed.
In his timeless ballad, Bolan had no idea that his hit “Solid Gold Easy Action” with lyrics that read “Life is the same and it always will be. Easy as picking foxes from a tree,” were ultimately hinting toward his pending end. Just two weeks before his 30th birthday, Marc was killed in a tragic car accident with a license plate reading “FOX661L” that ironically crashed into a tree. Creepy, right?
The album Street Survivors was released just three days after one of the worst plane crashes in history happened. The commercial plane that the band Lynyrd Syknyrd was on exploded in flames. Although other rock stars had reported that there were issues with the plane, Skynyrd decided to board anyways which led to the tragic loss of Ronnie, Steve, Cassie and manager Dean Kilpatrick, along with the two pilots.
Fans were devastated after listening to lyrics such as, “Say you’ll be alright come tomorrow, but tomorrow might not be here for you, Angel of darkness upon you” knowing that they would never hear the sweet sounds of Ronnie, Cassie, and Steve ever again. Even weirder, the famous Street Survivors album cover featured the southern rock stars engulfed in flames just days before they were eaten alive by the hungry blaze, almost as if they knew that album would be their final chapter together.
Rock and roll singer and songwriter Warren Zevon accurately predicted his own death in the lyrics of song “The Factory” at least 16 years before his actual death. Zevon, well known for hits like “Werewolves of London” and “Lawyers, Guns, and Money,” never spent any time in a factory environment but decided to scribe the lyrics “kickin’ asbestos in the factory, punchin’ out Chryslers in the factory/ breathin’ that plastic in the factory.”
The melodious tale was about a man who passed away from lung cancer after being exposed in a factory, and, ironically, Zevon developed an extremely rare form of lung cancer that is normally found in factory workers that have been exposed to asbestos.
A lot of speculation has gone into the death of the great Tupac Shakur and some even still believe that the rapper faked his own death and is still around. Regardless of where Tupac really “is,” especially after we heard about the man who claimed he knew where Tupac really was on his death bed in 2016, the story is somewhat creepy but also predictable.
Just a few months before Shakur was shot in a drive-by in Las Vegas, he rapped the lyrics, “I been shot and murdered, can tell you how it happened word for word,” but sadly he cannot. Living a daring life on the streets, Tupac always knew that he was going to be killed by gun due to the violent and unforgiving nature of his environment. He was even quoted answering the question where do you see yourself in a few years with “Best case, in a cemetery. Not in a cemetery, sprinkled in ashes smoked up by homies. I mean, that’s the worst case.”
Rapper Big L was shot to death in a close-range drive-by in 1999. It was rumored that he was paying the price for something his brother had done, before he was sent to jail.
Just as many artists at the time were falling victim to cowardly gunfire, Big L’s lyrics “I watched all of them, run for they share, And all I can do was stare, I got weak and fell on my rear, Now I can hear the sirens, that means here comes the Jakes, But it’s too late, I’m knockin’ on the pearly gates” really haunted fans. The rapper was found shot nine times in the face and chest by a childhood friend, Gerard Woodley, for what people assumed was a reaction to family issues between the two.
Another to fit along with the gang-related stereotype, rapper Dolla accurately predicted his death by gun in his song “Georgia Nights.” Just a short while before the album was even released, Dolla was shot and killed in a drive-by. 23-year-old Aubrey Louis Berry was the shooter.
Lyrics like “My papa died by the gun, I’ll die by the gun,” and “Every breath I breathe and every step I take, the clock tickin’ bring me closer to fate, they say the good die young; I must be on my way, and if today that day, then I’m-a die like a man.” The lyrics really showed that the young, talented rapper knew what was coming his way and knew it was soon. Somehow.
Country musician Merle Haggard is the newest prediction-maker to join the list. In 2016, Taste of Country released a story from Merle’s son Ben claiming that the singer had predicted his own death just a week before he passed.
His son shared, “A week ago Dad told us he was gonna pass on his birthday, and he wasn’t wrong,” Merle took his last breath on his 79th birthday. After suffering from pneumonia for the last of his years, Merle was surrounded by friends and family at the time of his death. And sadly, as he wanted to return to the stage once more, Merle sang his final verse in the ruthless ballad of life.
Notorious song writer and singer Jeff Buckley shocked the world when he was found in the Wolf River Harbor in Memphis, Tennessee in 1997. Creepily related to his “Dream Brother” lyrics, Buckley drowned late at night in the river fully clothed. This led to fans’ suspicion that Buckley had in fact, committed suicide.
The lyrics in the haunting canticle sang, “That dark angel he is shuffling in, watching over them with his black feather wings unfurled, asleep in the sand with the ocean washing over, dream brother, dream brother, dream, dream” as the water seemed to wash over the lost dreamer on May 29, 1997.
There was no one like B.I.G. The rapper and talented artist touched millions of lives with his soulful and raw lyrics that still reach us to this day. Around the time of Notorious B.I.G.’s death, the rapper was singing about some pretty dark reflections he was having under his “Suicidal Thoughts” track.
Lyrics like “I swear to God I feel like death is calling me” played on Biggie’s Ready to Die debut album two weeks after he was killed in a drive-by shooting. The anticipated murder of Christopher Wallace, aka Biggie Smalls, was actually linked to the death of Tupac through evidence found by an LAPD detective Russell Poole.
Although Jim’s prediction was very subtle, is was right nonetheless. After the passing of his friends Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix of the “27 club,” Jim calmly stated when drinking with friends, “you’re drinking with number three. That’s right, number three.”
Joplin had just passed, with Jimi only a few weeks ahead of her, and Morrison and friends were drowning their sorrows over Joplin at the L.A. watering hole Barney’s Beanery in October of 1970 when he was heard saying this eerie and accurate quote. Soon after, by July of 1971, Morrison became the third to join the 27 club after a mysterious overdose in Paris, France.
It seemed as though the King of Pop was going to live forever, but Michael did not reportedly want it to be that way around the time of his death. Quoted saying, “It’s not working out, I’m better off dead. I don’t have anywhere left to turn. I’m done,” just two hours before his death, Jackson was feeling hesitant about his This Is It concert series.
After having to reschedule a few different times, the singer was allegedly “tired of living” and wanted it all to end. Later it was reported that the medication Jackson was using from a total of five different doctors was unlabeled and made out under pseudo names, further confusing the situation. Both fans and family members have pointed fingers at several involved, but ultimately Jackson’s personal physician, Conrad Murray, was charged with involuntary manslaughter.
Former Weezer bassist Mikey Welsh took to Twitter to make the prediction of his own death just two weeks before he passed saying “Dreamt I died in Chicago next weekend (heart attack in my sleep). Need to write my will today.”
As one of the creepiest and most accurate predictions on the list, the guitar player suffered from a heart attack in his Chicago hotel room soon after. Most believed it to be a result of a drug overdose as Welsh had struggled with addiction and it was rumored that he had attempted suicide in the past, but nonetheless, Welsh predicted his own demise that became true on October 8, 2011.
Member of rap group D12, rapper Proof (DeShaun Holton) was well-known for being close childhood friends with Eminem. In the song “40 oz” Proof ironically stated, “I’m in the club to bleed. You gotta murder me there” and some took it too literally.
After an altercation outside of Detroit’s 8 Mile road CCC club in 2006, the highly intoxicated rapper was shot three times (once in the head and twice in the chest) and killed at the nightclub by Mario Etheridge. Etheridge was said to be the cousin of the individual that Proof was arguing with while outside of the club, Keith Bender.
Although Cobain was the one responsible for his own death, as he committed suicide, Kurt makes this list due to an early prediction he made when he was 14 years old.
He told his classmate at the time that he would “become a superstar musician, get rich and famous, and kill himself going out in a blaze of glory.” It seemed as though Cobain had it all planned from the start. Judging from how mentally troubled the singer was throughout the duration of his short career, it does not surprise us to see that he knew he was going to commit suicide at such a young age (as sad as that is.)
Although there are very few details regarding the death of Bob Marley, it is said that the activist and reggae artist predicted the age that he would die (36) which he did. The talent was allegedly quite psychic, and even read palms, so people were not surprised that Marley accurately understood the age he was going to take his last breath.
Regardless of his palm readings and fortune tellings growing up, Bob’s reasoning behind his own prediction was that it was the age that Jesus lived to, as it would be the same for him. Marley passed away from a ruthless form of melanoma under his toe that spread to the rest of his body on May 11, 1981.
After singing the iconic lyrics. “Cause I’m leavin’ on a jet plane. Don’t know when I’ll be back again,” John Denver boarded a plane that took him to his death on October 12, 1997.
Twelve years passed after he penned the famous hit when tragedy struck when the artist was flying his Long- EZ plane. The homebuilt aircraft’s fuel tank and plane modification errors ultimately led to the singer’s fatal crash that took his life. Wondering how many times he sang that tune to himself both on the ground and in the air, in some odd way Denver knew that his dangerous hobby would take him to a place, unsure if he was ever to return.