White lighter myth

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White BIC lighter

The white lighter myth or white lighter curse is an urban legend based on the 27 Club of which several musicians and artists died while in possession of a white lighter, causing white lighters to be blamed for bad fortune.[1][2] The myth is primarily based on the deaths of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and Kurt Cobain. The myth has been integrated with cannabis culture.[3][4][5]

In 2017, Snopes.com published an article discrediting the theory, noting that Bic did not begin producing white disposable lighters until several years after the deaths of members of the 27 Club including Hendrix, Joplin, and Morrison, and that disposable lighters produced by other companies were not widely available at this time. Snopes.com also noted that although there were two lighters found near Cobain's body following his death, neither of them was white nor were they in any of his pockets.[6]


  1. ^ La Jackson (28 November 2014). Musicology 2102: A Quick Start Guide to Diverse Synergies. L.A. Jackson. pp. 144–. ISBN 978-0-578-15469-5. 
  2. ^ "15 Craziest Urban Legends of Rock and Roll". MSN. 2015-03-20. Retrieved 2015-07-01. 
  3. ^ M.H. Kent (2014-04-14). "20-year anniversary marks Cobain's tragedy". State Press. Retrieved 2015-07-01. 
  4. ^ Lauren Martin (17 October 2013). "Stoner History 101: The Myth Of The White Lighter". Elite Daily. Retrieved 2015-07-01. 
  5. ^ Chelsea Beeler (2013-01-30). "MythPuffers: The Curse Of The White Lighter". NYU Local. Retrieved 2015-07-01. 
  6. ^ "Did Several Musicians Die with White BIC Lighters in Their Pockets?". Snopes.com. Retrieved 2017-04-27. 
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