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Musicians die younger than everyone else

Postby radiofan » Thu Oct 30, 2014 8:46 am

Downside to being a rock star: Musicians die younger than everyone else even if they don't fall victim to the tragic '27 club'

Popular musicians' lifespans are up to 25 years shorter than the comparable US population
Research by Sydney University also found suicide and homicide rates amongst musicians rose in the 1990s
Professor Dianna Kenny examined 12,665 dead stars from all popular genres between 1950 and 2014
Plane and car crashes killed stars in the 50s and 60s, such as Buddy Holly
A number of popular musicians - including Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain - have died at the age of 27
In the past six decades homicide rates were up to eight times greater amongst musicians than the US population
Female musicians tend to die in their early 60s rather than their 80s
Male musicians die in their late 50s compared to non-rockers at 75
She concluded that the 'pop music "scene" fails to provide boundaries and to model and expect acceptable behaviour'

PUBLISHED: 23:56 GMT, 27 October 2014 | UPDATED: 10:30 GMT, 28 October 2014

They tour the world, party whenever they want and live truly lavish lifestyles but the hedonistic habits of musicians have a serious downside – they are likely to die younger than their vocally challenged counterparts.
A professor at Sydney University has studied seven decades of popular musicians’ lifespans and found they were up to 25 years shorter than the comparable US population, in findings published on The Conversation.
Dianna Kenny, Professor of Psychology and Music at University of Sydney, was eager to find out why so many pop stars die young and examined 12,665 stars from all popular genres who died between 1950 and June 2014.

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