Janis Joplin died of a heroin overdose on October 4, 1970, according to The New York Times. Though by this stage in her career, she had already begun to crack into the music industry, widespread mainstream success had eluded her, and she was not yet the superstar that she would become after her death. Funeral services for Joplin were private and attended by only ten people. Afterward, she was cremated and her ashes were scattered in the Pacific Ocean, near California’s Marin County.
The choice of the ocean as her final resting place made sense for Joplin. According to Britannica, she grew up in Port Arthur, Texas, on the Gulf of Mexico. Later on in her career, Joplin had spent quite a bit of time living and working in San Francisco, just a few miles from where her ashes would be scattered.