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5 Artists We’ve Lost To Gun Violence [VIDEOS]

The music we’ve missed. The stars we wish were still with us. The list of entertainers that have died at the hands of a gun is extensive. We thought we’d focus on a few that you might recognize and wonder, what if.

No one can know for certain if this senseless act could have been prevented, but we all know we have a moral obligation — a moral obligation to do everything in our power to diminish the prospect that something like this could happen again.

These are the words President Obama 33 days after the Sandy Hook tragedy.

“Your broadside against federal agents deeply offends my own sense of decency and honor, and it offends my concept of service to country. It indirectly slurs a wide array of government law-enforcement officials, who are out there, day and night, laying their lives on the line for all of us.”

These are the words of President George H.W. Bush he wrote to NRA president Thomas Washington in a letter penned for his resignation from the NRA.

Regardless of your views on guns in America, the fact remains, we have lost plenty of talent at the hands of gun violence.
For example:


Don Myrick was an outstanding saxophonist in the horn section of Earth, Wind and Fire. Along with his work as part of Earth, Wind and Fire Don Myrick was also know known for his work with Phil Collins. He played the sax along with the horns on “I Missed Again”, “Who Said I Would” and “Sussudio”. Let’s Grove with Earth Wind & Fire featuring Don.


Doug Hopkins co-founded The Gin Blossoms. He was the band’s lead guitarist and a principal songwriter. Most notably “Hey Jealousy”, “Found Out About You”, “Hold Me Down,” and “Lost Horizons”. He suffered from mental health issues and alcoholism. Doug committed suicide by shooting himself shortly after getting a gold disc for “Hey Jealousy”.


Marvin Gaye was shot to death by his father on April 1, 1984, after he tried to intervene during an argument between his parents. Marvin was about to celebrate his 45th birthday the next day. Marvin Gay Sr., pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and was given a six-year suspended prison sentence. He died of pneumonia on Oct. 19, 1998, in California.
Marvin Gaye’s biggest hits include “Let’s Get It On,” “What’s Going On?”, “Sexual Healing”, and “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)”.


John Lennon was shot by Mark David Chapman at the entrance of the building where he lived, The Dakota, in New York City on the 8th of December 1980. John had just returned from Record Plant Studio with his wife, Yoko Ono. He was pronounced dead on arrival at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, where it was stated that nobody could have lived for more than a few minutes after sustaining such injuries.


Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, best known as Selena was a Mexican American singer-songwriter who gained worldwide fame as the lead vocalist of her family-oriented band Selena y Los Dinos. She was also known for her community involvement. Selena was shot and killed by Yolanda Saldívar on the morning of March 31, 1995 after a dispute about financial papers. For Latin music enthusiasts, her passing was as painful as the death of John Lennon to rock music fans. Selena was vastly talented, deeply adored by all.



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