Solo Artists Are More Likely To Die Young Than Band Members
From Whitney Houston to Kurt Cobain, a large number of very influential musicians have died young. Fans and experts have been discussing, analyzing and sometimes even glorifying the premature demises for decades, but thanks to a comprehensive new study published in the British Medical Journal, we now know itís far stranger that Cobain perished young than Houston.
According to the BBC, the chances of a popular solo artist dying prematurely are more than twice as high as the chances of a member of a popular band. Examining the careers of 1,400 musicians who achieved high levels of success between 1956 and 2006, the study found one out of every ten European and one in five American solo artists passed well before their time from a variety of factors including drug use and heart disease likely brought on by heavy partying and/ or the rigors of touring.
In addition to the mortality rates, the study also looked into the childhoods of those who died. More than half publically reported being abused as a child, witnessing domestic violence, having a close relative with mental illness or some other indicator of an unhappy childhood. For those who died of drug or alcohol abuse, the percentage was more than four out of every five. To the authors of the study, that indicates a healthy percentage of musicians may choose music as a way to escape the difficulty of their upbringings.