No. 10: Brian Jones’ Sad Decline


Members of the Rolling Stones are notorious for outliving their expiration dates, but Brian Jones did not experience such luck. Jones formed the Stones by placing a classified ad in a jazz newspaper and served as its leader and manager in the band's early years, but saw his role steadily diminish as they gained popularity and Mick Jagger and Keith Richards took on more control.

In June 1969, Jones was told that the group he had started would continue without him. Less than a month later -- on the night of July 2 -- his body was discovered floating at the bottom of his pool, with the official coroner's report ruling "death by misadventure." Jones was one of the first members of the so-called "27 Club."