Okay, it shouldn’t take an academic study to prove that rock stars are more likely to die prematurely than the rest of us. Still, the researchers found three interesting things:
1) The greatest danger comes in the first five years after stardom, at least for European rockers. So if Amy Winehouse can just hold out another four years, she’ll be home free, actuarially speaking.
2) In America, however, once 25 years have passed since first fame, the death rates go up again. Researchers speculate that the reasons may be our lack of universal health coverage and our greater tolerance for reunion tours that put stars back into a risky lifestyle. Fortunately for Van Halen, David Lee Roth has some experience as a paramedic.
3) Medical science still has no explanation for Keith Richards (pictured).
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