The rumors are true.
Via Rob Brooks’ interesting book Sex, Genes & Rock ‘n’ Roll: How Evolution Has Shaped the Modern World:
Mark Bellis at Liverpool John Moores University and his colleagues recently showed that between three and 25 years after first becoming famous, performers from all-time Top 1000 albums in rock and pop music are more than 1.7 times as likely to die as North Americans or Europeans of the same age. They died from problems related to drugs and alcohol (31 percent) accidents (14 percent), violence and suicide (9 percent), cardiovascular disease (14 percent) and cancer (20 percent). If popular music like rock, rap, jazz and the blues is the greatest courtship signal that ever evolved, it is also one of the most deadly.
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