The 27 club: Another mystical celebrity death in 2013?


The 27 Club is a term used to refer to popular musicians who have died at the age of 27, often as a result of drug and alcohol abuse. Robert Johnson, Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse all died at the age of 27. What’s remarkable however is that this age is the most frequent for celebrity death, history shows. Are we getting superstitious? Are we making a big deal out of it? Or is the concept just a mere coincidence and work of randomness? Well, some people are waiting in lines to believe in something, anything. But if one knows enough about the music industry, it would become easy to realize that the club is neither a result of magic, nor it is based on some sort of unpredictable probabilities or mathematical statistics. Symbolism is the trend of the era. But there’s no bigger trend than human control of human fate. Now the question is: who’s playing God?

This year, 3 of many stars turn 27: Lindsay Lohan, Lady Gaga and Lana Del Rey. The star who matches the 27 club criteria the most, is obviously Lindsay Lohan (drug and alcohol abuse). Is there room to speculate about one of them joining the club? Neither one of them has had a decently long career! However, on New Year’s Eve (i.e. December 31st, 2012) –  a date when predicting next year’s events has become ‘the thing’ in different parts of the world – Michel Hayek from Lebanon and Rodrigo Rodriguez Ardila from Colombia, supposedly psychics, both declare their vision of Lady Gaga’s death in 2013, and leave the crowds and fans all around the planet in awe and anger. “She could not die!” Little monsters would not believe it.

Both mediums said practically the same thing: there will be roses, candles and tears for the Mother of all the monsters. However, Ardila added:

“I do not want to alarm anyone because death can be an artistic representation or something that will actually happen.”

Seems legit.

Nevertheless –  just a reminder – Gaga turns 27 next March, on the 28th. And – another reminder – that’s how she described her upcoming album, ARTPOP:

“I’m fascinated with the decay of the blonde pop icon and how culture loves to build and give birth to fantasies and then destroy them and what that means. It’s something I want to explore on my next album.”

Well, unquestionably, she has a Marilyn Monroe inspiration – just like Madonna and many stars – and she uses Monroe references on many of her songs as well as Lady Diana references.

The actual question mark though should be put around the contradiction: Lady Gaga is not a heavy substance abuser! However, the facts are: she is blonde (well, not naturally), she is a pop icon (duh), she is smoking weed more and more (which makes her a candidate for the 27 club membership), she is having weight problems (relatively speaking), she is turning her hair color (i.e. wig color) from blonde to “Vuitton brown”… Is this the “decay” of the “blonde” pop icon? Is this decay physical or just a symbolic transformation?

It’s true that, with “Princess Die” – an unreleased song of hers that she’s been singing live on tour – she embodies the exact concept she mentioned in the quote above: people want to see her crash, they want to see her star fade, and she will give them the satisfaction. It seems that in the song she’s predicting how her death would be – although it’s widely mistaken for a suicidal song.

Will Lady actually be no more Gaga? Or is the blonde pop icon too smart for us? Will she die theatrically? Will she troll the hell out of all of us with a big performance stunt?

Anyway, if she dies, it’s not the end of the world (actually it is, I admit), and remember that:

“Lady Gaga will die, when the last of her little monsters closes its eyes.”

– supposedly said by Tara Savelo, Gaga’s makeup artist and one of her best friends