I have a few, for me music died with Kurt Cobaine 5th Apr 94 , Bob Marley 11th May 81
Whitney 11th Feb 2012 and Amy Whinehouse 23rd July 2011 as you can see i have a varied music taste lol
I'm sure it was a phrase before Don McLean coined it in song.
For me, it was the forming of the "27 Club." Musicians dying at 27 -- all within a year -- Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix (Amy Winehouse and Kurt Cobain would be later members of it). Robert Johnson was the first in it.
The bass player from Status Quo died today. Alan Lancaster, my partner is quite upset, he loves the Quo.
Me, David Bowie was a shocker and both the Gibb Bros. I too love Badfinger and that band had a tragic career, but stunning songs.
Hard to believe Whitney, Michael Jackson and George Michael are gone.
Just to add another great loss: Stevie Ray Vaughan.