Researches have found that solo artists are twice as likely as members of bands to die young
Attention singers who want to go solo from your band - you could be shortening your life.
An academic study says that rock and pop musicians are more likely to die earlier than the general population, and that solo artists are twice as likely as members of bands to die young. Researchers from Liverpool's John Moores University and Britain's Health Department studied almost 1500 rock stars who became famous between 1956 and 2006. They found that 137 of the stars, or 9.2 percent, had died, representing "higher levels of mortality than demographically matched individuals in the general population."
The researchers also poked holes in the myth that rockers tend to die at 27 -- like Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse. The average age of death was 45.2 years for North American stars and 39.6 for European ones.
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