10 Things Musicians Have Been Buried With

Everyone dies eventually, even rock stars, and when they go it's not uncommon for them to take beloved personal items with them, or to have such things placed there by grieving friends and family. That is, of course, unless they're cremated and have their ashes snorted or smoked. For those who went the conventional burial route, here are some of the items that made it into their caskets.

Frank Sinatra: It's not surprising that Sinatra took a flask full of Jack Daniel's, cigarettes and a lighter with him into the ground. Frankly, it would've been more surprising if he hadn't. He also took a roll of dimes. When his son was kidnapped in 1963, the abductors demanded Sinatra call from pay phones, so Sinatra always made sure to carry a supply of coins during the ordeal. Carrying a roll of dimes became a lifelong habit afterwards.

Leonard Bernstein: The man behind West Side Story and many other brilliant works of American music was full of childlike whimsy all his life. In addition to things like a conducting baton and music -- Mahler's Fifth Symphony -- his children buried their father with his lucky penny and a copy of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. Bernstein never traveled without the book.

Whitney Houston: It's hard to describe the kind of success Whitney Houston had as a pop singer, but here's a clue. When she died earlier this year, she was buried with $500,000 worth of jewelry and designer clothes, according to the Daily Star. Fear of grave-robbing led to the posting of armed guards.

GG Allin: One of the most controversial rockers ever requested to be buried with a bottle of Jim Beam in his song "When I Die." This request was honored when Allin overdosed on heroin in 1993.

Dimebag Darrell: Dimebag's last words on Earth were, "Van Halen!" Moments later he was shot onstage by Nathan Gale in an attack that claimed the lives of three other people. He'd asked Eddie Van Halen for a copy of the famous yellow-and-black-striped Charvel electric guitar that appears on the inner sleeve of Van Halen II in 2004.

Van Halen agreed to make a copy, but hadn't completed it at the time of Dimebag's death. Instead, the original guitar itself went into Dimebag's official Kiss Kasket as Eddie's gift.

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Jef Rouner (not cis, he/him) is a contributing writer who covers politics, pop culture, social justice, video games, and online behavior. He is often a professional annoyance to the ignorant and hurtful.
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