Posted: Dec 21, 2012 9:52 AM by AP/CS
LONDON (AP) - Is rock and roll hazardous to your health? A new study indicates it might be - for those who play it. The academic study finds that rock and pop musicians are more likely to die prematurely than the general population. The researchers from Liverpool, England looked at nearly 15-hundred acts from rock, R&B, pop, rap and other genres who became famous between 1956 and 2006. Of that number 137 stars had died. For those slow with the calculator, that's 9.2 percent - a higher mortality rate than those in the general population. The study also did away with the popular myth that rock stars tend to die at 27 - like Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse all did. The average age of death was 45.2 years for North American stars and 39.6 for European performers. The research also finds that the solo acts had twice the death risk than members of bands.