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Study: Rock Stars Do Live Shorter Lives Than Others

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NEW YORK (CBSMiami) – The old saying “Rock n’ Roll will never die” is true, but if you’re thinking about trying to become a rock star; you might want to think of becoming a band rather than going for a solo career.

A new study from Liverpool John Moores University confirmed that rock and pop stars die prematurely more often than the general population. But, an early death was twice as likely for solo musicians as for members of bands.

The study looked at 1,489 rock and pop stars who became famous between 1956 and 2009 and discovered the morbid problem.

According to the study, American stars are more likely to die prematurely than British ones.

The study’s lead researcher, Mark Bellis, said the difference between solo act life spans and band life spans could be because bands provide peer support during stressful times.

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