Life and death -- the universe’s greatest mysteries have unsurprisingly served as the inspiration behind many a great song. Artists will forever grapple and wrestle with their own mortality over a guitar and microphone. What’s more surprising and tragic, however, is just how many of those artists have penned lines that not only contemplated their own fate, but did so accurately.

From Kurt Cobain and John Lennon to Tupac and Elliott Smith -- they all predicted their own untimely deaths. In the gallery above, we’ve gathered those artists and more who all correctly guessed at their own tragic ends -- in songs, interviews and the like -- only to be proven right.

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