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Solo Artists Have a Higher Death Risk Than Bands

Rock and pop musicians are more likely to die prematurely than the general population, and solo artists are twice as likely to die young compared to band members.  Researchers studied 1,500 musicians who became famous between 1956 and 2006.  They found that 137 of the stars, or 9.2%, had died.  That represented “higher levels of mortality than demographically matched individuals in the general population.”  The scientists dismissed the myth that rock stars tend to die at age 27, like Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse all did.  The average age of death was 45.2 years for North American stars and 39.6 for European ones.  Solo performers had twice the death risk of members of bands.  Researchers think it’s because bands provide support at stressful times.  Solo artists tend to feel isolated.