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Janis Joplin left $2,500 in her will for her friends to "have a ball after I’m gone".

Janis Joplin left $2,500 in her will for her friends to "have a ball after I’m gone".

The music world was shocked to hear that Janis Joplin died of an accidental drug overdose in a Los Angeles hotel room on Oct. 4, 1970, at the age of 27. In her will, the woman whose life was often a nonstop party allotted $2,500 to fund one last bash for her friends -- "A final gesture of appreciation and farewell." On Oct. 26, 200 friends and members of San Francisco's music community attended Joplin's wake, a celebration of the life of one of rock's wildest stars.

Joplin's family insisted on a private funeral for the singer. Joplin was cremated and her ashes were scattered over the Pacific Ocean and Stinson Beach in northern Calfornia on Oct. 13. But the tumult that was Joplin's life continued after her death. She had lived for about two years in Larkspur, Calif., and according to Joplin's will, it fell to her roommate, clothing designer Lyndall Erb, to distribute her furniture, jewelry and clothing among friends.


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