10 May Janis Joplin
Dead: 4 October 1970
In: Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery, Glendon Avenue, Los Angeles, California, Stati Uniti
She was an American rock, soul, and blues singer-songwriter, and one of the most successful and widely known female rock stars of her era.
After releasing three albums, she died of a heroin overdose at the age of 27.
A fourth album, Pearl, was released in January 1971, just over three months after her death.
It reached number one on the Billboard charts.
She appeared at the Woodstock festival and the Festival Express train tour.
Five singles by Joplin reached the Billboard Hot 100, including a cover of the Kris Kristofferson song "Me and Bobby McGee", which reached number 1 in March 1971.
Her most popular songs include her cover versions of "Piece of My Heart", "Cry Baby", "Down on Me", "Ball and Chain", and "Summertime"; and her original song "Mercedes Benz", her final recording.
John Cooke drove to the Landmark Motor Hotel in Hollywood where Joplin was staying.
He saw Joplin's psychedelically painted Porsche 356 C Cabriolet in the parking lot and upon entering Joplin's room (#105), he found her dead on the floor beside her bed.
The official cause of death was a heroin overdose, possibly compounded by alcohol.
Cooke believes Joplin had been given heroin that was much more potent than normal, as several of her dealer's other customers also overdosed that week.
Her death was ruled as accidental.