Study finds solo rock stars often die young

By Daniel S Levine,

If you want to be a rock and roll star, you really should join a band first. A new study has found that solo rock acts are more likely to die at a young age than an average person of the same age.

The study, published in BMJ Open, looked at 1,489 rock and pop acts from North America and Europe. The study explored famous acts between 1956 to 2006, from Elvis Presley to Amy Winehouse. It compared the mortality rates of solo stars to members of bigger bands, finding that solo acts have higher mortality rates than their colleagues.

According to Discovery News, the survey found that stars who struggled in childhood have a higher chance of dying due to drug use or risk-taking actions.

Researchers found that 10 percent of European stars die at a young age, compared to 5.5 percent of stars in bands, notes Health.com. The mortality rate is even higher for North American stars, with 23 percent of solo stars dying early, compared to just 10 percent of those in bands.

For those that reached fame after 1980, the risk of death to young stars did decrease, but researchers found that gender did not affect their chances.

Overall, the study found that the average age of death for European solo stars is 39 and 45 for North American stars.

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