Kevin Gilbert. This man worked with Madonna, Michael Jackson and Sheryl Crow among others. He longed for a solo/band career of his own, but never achieved the level of success he dreamt of. Check out the "Toy Matinee" self titled album. His gems are his solo albums "Thud" and "The Shaming of the True". Suicide by hanging.
Jeff Porcaro. You might not know the name, but if you're a fan of rock and pop from the 70's and 80's, you've heard his drumming. Toto, Steely Dan, Boz Skaggs, Michael Jackson. His "Rosanna Shuffle" is one of the greatest drum grooves there is. Allergic reaction to lawn fertilizer.
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Robin Williams. Such a talent anyway you look at him. In my lifetime, I've never seen another celebrity death have as much impact on EVERYBODY the way Robin's did, and continues to. Suicide. His death I know has served as a wake up call for people to treat depression as the serious illnesses it is.
Dimebag Darrell. One of the last to have their own "voice" per se on guitar. Shot to death while on stage. When you're on a stage, you can't see past 10ft in front of the stage usually. Probably never saw it coming until it was too late.
Robert Schimmel. A great stand up comic. Overcame a lot. Lost a young son to cancer. Beat cancer himself TWICE. His times on Adam Carolla's podcast are some of the best. Died in a car accident as a passenger at age 60.
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