YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollections

Too fast, too young

September 17, 2007

I was shocked at the omission of singer Karen Carpenter, who died at 32 of the diet disease anorexia, from your otherwise excellent piece on the health and premature deaths of rock and pop stars ["Final Note Comes Early for Rockers," Sept 10].

Jon Konjoyan

Toluca Lake


Great piece. It drove me, a lifelong pop/rock/folk fan, to come up with more sad names (maybe I should get a life?).

Brian Jones, Phil Ochs, Del Shannon, Ricky Nelson, Harry Chapin, Andy Gibb, John Bonham, Keith Moon, Patsy Cline, Jim Reeves, Ronnie Van Zant, Duane Allman, Johnny Horton, Jimmie Rodgers, Johnny Ace, Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, Tammi Terrell, Jim Croce, Bobby Darin, Bobby Fuller, Clyde McPhatter, Otis Redding, Mary Wells, Minnie Riperton, Freddie Mercury, Karen Carpenter, Dinah Washington, Johnny Burnette, Ritchie Valens, Danny Rapp.

Alex Stevens

San Diego

Los Angeles Times Articles