Layne Staley once presciently sang “We Die Young,” and according to a recent study, it’s not such a surprise that he’s not around any more. A stufy published by the University of Sydney found that metal fans, punk and hip-hop musicians have the lowest life expectancy of any other musicians. Dianna Theadora Kenny, a professor of psychology and music, found that jazz, country and gospel artists lived the longest, with the other genres having the shortest life spans.
Kenny’s study also looks at the way in which the musicians died, and the findings are about what you might expect. Those that lived the longest died of heart-related diseases and cancer. Metal artists were more likely than any other, 36%, to die from accidental deaths, with 20% dying from suicide. The study breaks down genres too. Rock musicians were only 25% likely to die accidental deaths, which is nice to know. Over half of rap and hip-hop musicians, 51.5%, were likely to die of homicide. It’s really hard to say where she got her research from, and hw valid it is, but it did disprove the “27” club (Brian Jones, Janis Jpolin, Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse), proving that instead that 56 is the highest frequency of deaths.
[via Metal Sucks]