As a rock and roll icon with an unmistakable voice, Janis Joplin took the country by storm in an era when music and culture had begun fusing into one world. In the 1960s, the blues-inspired rock singer made a name for herself, first with the San Francisco psychedelic band Big Brother & the Holding Company, then with a brief solo career that would make her a music legend.
Hits such as "Piece of My Heart" and "Summertime" brought the singer great success, but it would be her performance at Woodstock in 1969 that would catapult her into superstardom. Janice would only go on to produce two albums as a solo artist before her untimely death at the age of 27. Her struggle with alcohol and addiction was no secret and sadly, she passed away before her last album, Pearl, was released. Her 1971 No. 1 posthumous hit, "Me and Bobby McGee," would go down as one of the greatest songs in rock and roll history.
Most people know Janis Joplin’s life story, but now, REELZ is taking a closer look into her tragic death. The hit documentary series “Autopsy: The Last Hours Of...” is giving viewers an idea of what might have happened leading up to that fateful night in a Los Angeles hotel room.
Watch Forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Hunter reexamine what might have caused the singer’s death by using reports as well as interviews with experts and those who knew her best. The new episode, “Autopsy: The Last Hours Of...Janis Joplin,” airs Saturday, July 1 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, only on REELZ.
Take a look at an exclusive clip from the episode in the video embedded above.