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Life in the fast lane: Solo pop stars more likely to die young

Published on Dec 20, 2012 7:43 AM
 
Elvis Presley performs in concert during his Aloha From Hawaii 1972 television special. Solo rock stars are twice as likely to die prematurely as counterparts who perform in groups, a study published in the journal BMJ Open said on Wednesday. British researchers examined the fate of 1,489 rock and pop performers who had risen to fame in a study period that spanned half a century, from Elvis Presley in 1956 to the Arctic Monkeys in 2006. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

PARIS (AFP) - Solo rock stars are twice as likely to die prematurely as counterparts who perform in groups, a study published in the journal BMJ Open said on Wednesday.

British researchers examined the fate of 1,489 rock and pop performers who had risen to fame in a study period that spanned half a century, from Elvis Presley in 1956 to the Arctic Monkeys in 2006.

A total of 137, or 9.2 per cent, died prematurely, at 45.2 years of age on average for North American stars and 39.6 for those in Europe.

Substance abuse and car crashes accounted for nearly 40 per cent of deaths, according to the probe.

 
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