• 09-04-2007, 07:35 AM
    ForeverAutumn
    Did they really need a study for this?
    I don't think that it comes as any big surprise to anyone that the life expectancy of a rock star is shorter than the average person. Even if one manages to avoid drugs and alcohol, the touring lifestyle isn't a healthy one.

    Rock stars more likely to die prematurely
    Tue Sep 4, 6:28 AM

    By Tim Castle

    LONDON (Reuters) - Rock stars -- notorious for their "crash and burn" lifestyles -- really are more likely than other people to die before reaching old age.

    A study of more than 1,000 mainly British and North American artists, spanning the era from Elvis Presley to rapper Eminem, found they were two to three times more likely to suffer a premature death than the general population.

    Between 1956 and 2005 there were 100 deaths among the 1,064 musicians examined by researchers at the Centre for Public Health at Liverpool John Moores University.

    As well as Presley, the toll of those dying before their time included Doors singer Jim Morrison, guitar hero Jimi Hendrix, T Rex star Marc Bolan and Nirvana's Kurt Cobain.

    More than a quarter of all the deaths were related to drugs or alcohol abuse, said the study in the Journal of Epidemial Community Health.

    "The paper clearly describes a population of rock and pop stars who are at a disproportionate risk of alcohol and drug related deaths," said Mark Bellis, lead author of the study.

    He said the study raised questions about the suitability of using rock stars for public health messages such as anti-drug campaigns when their own lifestyle was so dangerous.

    "In the music industry, factors such as stress, changes from popularity to obscurity, and exposure to environments where alcohol and drugs are easily available, can all contribute to substance use as well as other self-destructive behaviors," the report said.

    FIRST FIVE YEARS RISK

    It found that musicians were most at risk in the first five years after achieving fame, with death rates more than three times higher than normal.

    Hendrix, Bon Scott of AC/DC and punk rocker Sid Vicious all died within five years of hitting the big time, said Bellis.

    Among British artists the risk of dying remains high until around 25 years after their first success, when they return to near normal life expectancy.

    That bodes well for rock survivors like The Who's 63-year-old Roger Daltrey, who famously first sang "I hope I die before I get old" in the song "My Generation" back in 1965.

    But this trend was not found in North America, where ageing rockers remain almost twice as likely to suffer a premature demise, particularly from heart attack or stroke.

    American stars Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead, Carl Wilson of the Beach Boys and Johnny Ramone of the Ramones all died in their 50s.

    Bellis suggested that the high death rate among older American musicians could be related to the continent's greater appetite for reunion tours, exposing the artists for more years to an unhealthy "rock'n'roll" lifestyle.

    It could also be due to the poor medical outlook for impoverished American ex-pop stars who have no health insurance, he said.
  • 09-04-2007, 07:41 AM
    GMichael
    They need to do a study on why there are so many worthless studies.

    I remember years ago there was a study done that showed that the average lifespan for a left handed person was not as long as a right handed person.
  • 09-04-2007, 11:43 AM
    bobsticks
    Right now pro wrestlers and all of South Philly are feeling pretty cool...some place red just don't go; some places red's all they know...

    I'm just surprised that the study originated in the UK. Usually we're the ones all too eager to foot the bill for such fokkery. If you ever want a good laugh at the expense of your southern neighbors check out a report from the the US OMB. America leads the world with cutting edge research in the areas of Molecular Variation of Catsup and Studies on the Various Implementations and Usages of Wood.
  • 09-04-2007, 06:50 PM
    unleasHell
    THIS JUST IN:

    Swimming with Giant Rays can be Dangerous!
  • 09-04-2007, 07:24 PM
    bobsticks
    Unbelievable.

    Hot off the no shit presses:

    http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/science....ap/index.html
  • 09-04-2007, 09:07 PM
    BradH
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by bobsticks
    Unbelievable.

    Men Want Hot Women, Study Confirms.

    I take it this resulted from Studies on the Various Implementations and Usages of Wood.
  • 09-04-2007, 09:44 PM
    PeruvianSkies
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by BradH
    Men Want Hot Women, Study Confirms.

    I take it this resulted from Studies on the Various Implementations and Usages of Wood.

    ...and Sunbathing leads to Tanning.
  • 09-05-2007, 05:05 AM
    ForeverAutumn
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by bobsticks
    Unbelievable.

    Hot off the no shit presses:

    http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/science....ap/index.html

    Not that a study like this even needed to be done, but...

    "Their study involved 26 men and 20 women in Munich, Germany."

    I would hardly call 46 people a valid sampling of the general population. Even if this were a real topic of study, the study would never be considered valid by any scientific community. And yet...CNN calls it news. :frown2:
  • 09-05-2007, 06:20 PM
    bobsticks
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by BradH
    Men Want Hot Women, Study Confirms.

    I take it this resulted from Studies on the Various Implementations and Usages of Wood.

    BADOOM CHUCK!!!...

    Ladies and gentlemen, make sure to tip your waitresses and bartenders...
  • 09-05-2007, 09:15 PM
    PeruvianSkies
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by ForeverAutumn
    Not that a study like this even needed to be done, but...

    "Their study involved 26 men and 20 women in Munich, Germany."

    I would hardly call 46 people a valid sampling of the general population. Even if this were a real topic of study, the study would never be considered valid by any scientific community. And yet...CNN calls it news. :frown2:

    Yeah, even Family Feud surveyed 100 people.