Thanks for the article, very good reading.
Rock stars actually do die before they get old
A scientific study has proved the obvious: A life of drinking and drugs won't last long.
September 6, 2007
In what had to be the least surprising news of the year, a team of British researchers reported this week that rock stars are two to three times more likely to die young than their counterparts in the rest of the population.
Don't be shocked, but people who gobble one set of pills to wake up at night, another set to go to sleep in the morning and maybe take a handful or two more in between when they're bored might not make it to a comfortable old age.
And trashing hotel suites, combined with regular indulgence in group sex parties could indicate a lack of judgment that does not bode well in the longevity department.
The study's authors said they wanted to test whether the pervasive belief that rock stars had short lives was really true. Boy, is it.
The average age of death for American artists was 42, the age of Elvis Presley when he collapsed at Graceland. European stars were 35, apparently not helped by their access to socialized medical care.
While some deaths can be attributed to the hazards of life on the road, like Buddy Holly's plane crash, and others to issues far outside show business, like Marvin Gaye, who was shot by his own father, the most common cause of premature death was recreational abuse of alcohol and drugs, claiming one in four of those who died.
There is hope, however, for young rock stars. The study found that the most dangerous period comes within five years of attaining fame. If the Lindsay Lohans and Amy Winehouses of the world can get through that first tough patch, they might grow up to be like Keith Richards.
Remember, it was Roger Daltry who sang that he'd rather die before he got old, and now he's 63.
Copyright ? 2007 Blethen Maine Newspapers
Thanks for the article, very good reading.
Thanks, that is soo true
Ladies, He's mine
this same article was in Finnish newspapers too.. and they also mentioned Elvis. But maybe it is true
[CENTER]"The only time I can be me is when I walk through the door and lock it from the inside" -Elvis
I wonder why European stars die 7 years younger?
Thanks for the article!
Taking Care of BusinessTil we meet you again, may God bless you, Adios.
Then what about Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, Marianne Faithful, Eeric Clapton.......if they die and w would smoke their ashes we would get high for five years. These people did more drugs than no matter who? Their still alive today, still making music and all in their sixties......
There are more people dying by bee stings each day.
They don't have Elvis' health problems and people are affected by drugs in different ways. They may be still standing, but they aren't healthy.
Keith Richard had his blood refreshed in Israel if I'm correct.
But it's true, it's amazing the Stones are still going strong!
Live fast, die young: Why rock stars are such a lousy insurance risk
By DAVID DERBYSHIRE
Elvis Presley: bit the dust at the tender age of 42
Elvis pegged out at the age of 42, Jimi made it to 27 while Buddy was killed at only 22.
Since the dawn of rock 'n' roll, rock and pop musicians have fallen victim to the philosophy "live fast, die young".
Now the scale of wasted musical talent is highlighted in a study which reveals that rock and pop stars are twice as likely to die prematurely as the rest of us.
The research into 1,000 stars of the last 60 years found they were at the greatest risk from drugs, drinks, suicide, car accidents and plane crashes in the first five years of becoming famous.
The British team behind the study say the statistics are so shocking that the music industry should be regarded as a 'high-risk' profession.
They should also act as a warning to the 'X Factor' generation who dream of stardom - along with self-destructive rockers such as Amy Winehouse and Pete Doherty.
Professor Mark Bellis, who led the research at Liverpool John Moores University, said: "At least we are discussing Amy Winehouse before anything terrible happens to her. In all the tragedies we studied it was too late."
Premature death has become - like sex and drugs - a cliche of the music industry.
From Buddy Holly, killed in the same 1959 plane crash as 17-year-old singer Richie Valens, to the suicide of Kurt Cobain, the 27-year-old lead singer of Nirvana, many in the business regard it as an occupational hazard.
The findings come from a study of more than 1,050 American and British musicians who found fame between 1956 and 1999. All featured in the All-Time Top 1,000 Albums list selected in 2000.
Out of the 100 who died before 2005, at least a quarter were killed by drink and drugs.
The average age was 42 for Americans, and 35 for British stars, says the report in today's Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.
In the first five years after becoming famous, pop stars were three times as likely to die as others of a similar age. In the next 20 years, they were twice as likely to reach an early grave.
After 25 years, however, British stars were no more at risk of premature death than anyone else in the UK - suggesting that many have swapped hard drink and drugs for muesli and mineral water.
"The difference is greatest in the first five years, when there are likely to be stresses when you move to being famous," said the professor.
"They are moving into an environment where drink and drugs are readily available."
The roster of stars killed in the first bloom of their careers includes Jimi Hendrix, 27, who came to fame in 1966 and died of an overdose in 1970; Cobain, who shot himself in 1994, five years after his first album with Nirvana; and Sid Vicious, 21, who died of an overdose in 1979 two years after joining the Sex Pistols.
Around a dozen rock and pop stars have been murdered including John Lennon, 40, Marvin Gaye, 44, the rappers Tupac Shakur, 25 and The Notorious BIG, 24, and Al Jackson, 39, drummer with Booker T and the MGs.
Apart from Cobain, suicides have claimed Joy Division singer Ian Curtis, 23, and singer- songwriter Nick Drake, 26, while car accidents killed Marc Bolan, 29, and Eddie Cochrane, 21.
The most famous early death of all was Elvis Presley, who died aged 42 from a combination of drugs and heart failure.
Other drug victims included The Who's drummer Keith Moon, 32, and blues singer Janis Joplin, 27.
Leroy I'm not convinced that Keith Richards didn't die years ago and someone
just forgot to tell him.
Jerry Lee Lewis always comments how he did more drugs, drank more booze and had more career highs and lows then anyone in the history of the business and he's still kicking .
Yep, I know. He was 45....
(I'm a big Ricky Nelson fan...that's why I mentioned him).
Not to derail the thread, the crash was actually caused by a faulty heater...although there were traces of cocaine found in Rick's body as well as his band members because of "freebasing" rumors. Everyone on board (except for the pilot and co-pilot) perished.
Last edited by Tony Trout; 11-20-2007 at 08:19 PM.
LOL@JDD, people have been joking about Keith still being alive for years now - especially when he turned 50.
I saw him in concert I think around the first of this year on TV and looked real close at him standing there and then he began to move about the stage, so either the rest of the Rolling Stones re-animated him for the concert or he IS still alive.
Some people smoke 5 packs of cigarettes a day and life to be 100, who knows why?? Maybe someone did forget to tell Keith Richards...
Thanks, for the article Vissie!
And maybe snorting up his dad's ashes gave him a boost......kidding, he admitted later he didn't really do it. He has a very strange sense of humor.