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2017 In Review: 29 Artists We Lost

Artists from all genres of music left us in 2017.

While it was sad to say goodbye to icons like Chuck Berry and Fats Domino, it was particularly painful to process the deaths of talents like Chester Bennington and Chris Cornell. 

Here is a look back at some of the artists who died in 2017 but will live on forever thanks to the music they gave us:

Gregg Allman

The founding member of the Allman Brothers Band died on May 27 at 69.

Walter Becker

The Steely Dan co-founder and guitarist succumbed to cancer on Sept. 3. He was 67.

Chester Bennington

The lead singer of Linkin Park committed suicide on July 20. He was only 41.

Chuck Berry

One of the pioneers of rock ’n’ roll, Berry died at age 90 on March 18.

Patrick Bourgeois

The frontman of ‘90s Quebec band Les BB died on Nov. 26 after a battle with cancer. He was 54.

Glen Campbell

After a battle with Alzheimer’s disease, the country icon died on Aug. 8. He was 81.

David Cassidy

The one-time teen idol died on Nov. 21 of liver failure. He was 67.

Chris Cornell

Frontman for Soundgarden and Audioslave, Cornell took his own life on May 18. He was 52.

Fats Domino

The blues singer and pianist whose hits included “Blueberry Hill” died on Oct. 24 at 89.

Gord Downie

The Tragically Hip frontman lost his battle with brain cancer on Oct. 17. He was 53.

J. Geils

The J Geils Band frontman and guitarist died at 71 on April 11.

Troy Gentry

One-half of country duo Montgomery Gentry, he died in a helicopter crash on Sept. 8 at 50.

Al Jarreau

The Grammy-winning jazz singer died on Feb. 12 at 76.

Kim Jong-hyun

The K-pop superstar was only 27 when he took his own life on Dec. 18.

Tex Lecor

The Quebec singer-songwriter died on Sept. 9 at 84.

Frank Levin

The former keyboardist for Ottawa '80s band Eight Seconds died in his sleep at the end of November at home in China. He was in his mid-50s. 

Tommy Page

The former pop star behind “I’ll Be Your Everything” died on March 4 of an apparent suicide. He was 46.

Lil Peep

A rising star, rapper-singer Lil Peep (real name Gustav Åhr) died on Nov. 15 of a drug overdose. He was 21.

Tom Petty

The singer died suddenly of cardiac arrest on Oct. 2 at 66.


Born Albert Johnson, the Mobb Deep rapper was only 42 when he accidentally choked to death on an egg on June 20.

Ronald Prokop

Known as Skip, the founder of Canadian band Lighthouse died on Aug. 30at 74.

Eloie Richard

The East Coast-based indie Canadian musician died on June 19 following surgery. He was 44.

Kenny Shields

Lead singer of Canadian rock band Streetheart, Shields died on July 21. He was 69.

Joni Sledge

The “We Are Family” singer, part of Sister Sledge, died at 60 on March 10.

Mel Tillis

The country star died on Nov. 19 at 85.

Butch Trucks

The drummer and founding member of the Allman Brothers Band died at age 69 on Jan. 24.

Don Williams

The country singer known as "The Gentle Giant" died on Sept. 8 after a short illness. He was 78.

Christopher Wong Won

Known as Fresh Kid Ice, Wong Won was a founding member of 2 Live Crew. He died on July 13 at the age of 53.

Malcolm Young

The AC/DC guitarist died on Nov. 18 after a long battle with cancer and a heart problem. He was 64.

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