Hands up, it’s a pretty cheap shot, but nevertheless I thought you might enjoy this bit of amateur epidemiology from some Christians who’ve looked at cause of death and early mortality in “rock stars”, and then done some sums.
I particularly enjoy the way they take the average age at death of the normal population, and compare that against the average age at death of… some rock stars who died young. Rock stars who die young do indeed, on average, die young. You may be able to spot some other deliberate methodological errors.
Anyway, the actual breakdown on cause of death is actually quite interesting: I had a quick scout about and to my disappointment I couldn’t find anyone else doing the same research more robustly. It seems that the British research effort in this field has focused on mortality and morbidity in UK soap stars, as described in this seminal paper:
It’s a dangerous industry, showbusiness. As the Christian chums say at the end of their study on rock star mortality:
WHAT IS YOUR CHOICE?