Shorter Stairway to Heaven: Rock Stars Die Younger, Study Finds

From The New York Times:

A new study confirms what music fans have long suspected: rock and pop musicians die prematurely more often than the general population.

The study also found that an early death is twice as likely for musicians with solo careers and that stars who die from substance abuse tend to have troubled childhoods. In addition, the survey found that musicians who reached stardom after 1980 have better survival rates. The same was true of older rock stars in Europe. In that group, musicians who survive for 25 years after becoming famous have the same death rate as the general population.

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