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How Dead Music Icons Would've Looked Today

Some say it's better to burn out than fade away. But what if these stars had stayed around just a little bit longer?

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1. Kurt Cobain, 46

The reclusive musician-turned-artist Kurt Cobain makes a rare appearance at New York City's Museum of Modern Art to view his friend Tilda Swinton's performance piece "The Maybe." A retrospective of Cobain's artwork opens early next week at the museum.

3. Freddie Mercury, 67

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Sir Elton John, Katy Perry, and Sir Freddie Mercury attend the 20th Annual Freddy Mercury AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party in Hollywood.

4. Amy Winehouse, 30

Amy Winehouse attends a group therapy session at the Priory Clinic in London where two years earlier she began treatment for her drug and alcohol addictions. Although busy being a new mom and a producer, Winehouse is committed to her sobriety and regularly attends many of the clinic's meetings.


7. Jimi Hendrix, 69

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama applaud musician Jimi Hendrix during the Kennedy Center Honors at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C..

8. Sid Vicious, 56

Sid Vicious, born John Simon Ritchie, peers out a window of New York City's Rikers Island prison. The former punk rocker is currently serving out a life sentence for the murder of his girlfriend Nancy Spungen in 1978.