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May they all rest in peace. Just as no band lasts forever, neither do artists, and this page is our memento mori to the fact that no matter how much of a rock god you are on stage, ol' clatterframe is waiting in the wings strumming his scythe. The grim reaper always gets to close the show.

If we're lucky, most artists get to live out a long and respectful career and live a full life. But many more are tragically cut short, whether by mishap or design on somebody's part. And of course, the wild young geniuses, those aflame with the passion it takes to make truly legendary music, are the ones most prone to burn out fast and meet a sudden, messy end. Regardless of the means, they're always missed.

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