Richard Turner of Friendly Fires: 1984-2011

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Earlier today English band Friendly Fires announced via their website that Richard Turner, trumpet player and close friend who had performed with them for three years, had died of cardiac arrest at the age of 27. Aside from his work with Friendly Fires, Turner was leader of his own band, Round Trip.

The band issued a statement on their website, saying:

“He was an utterly exceptional musician and his contributions to our shows will be hugely missed.”

Turner is the latest musician in a long list of young and talented artists that all died at the seemingly cursed age of 27. Beginning with blues legend Robert Johnson, who died on Aug. 16, 1938, the list famously includes such greats as The Rolling Stones’ Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Doors frontman Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, and Amy Winehouse, who just passed last month.

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