Is rock ‘n’ roll stardom dangerous to your health?

The PathGuy makes the case, with a large number of case studies of rock and pop stars who died at young ages. Unfortunately, there’s no systematic epidemiological study that I’m aware of about whether rock ‘n’ roll stars have a shorter life expectancy or higher rate of traumatic death or death due to disease. We could certainly postulate that certain aspects of the lifestyle of a rock ‘n’ roll star would be detrimental to health, such as polysubstance abuse, long months on the road (probably eating lots of fast food along the way), and sleep deprivation, but there’s no hard data that I’m aware of.

It seems like an area that’s crying out for sound research. Maybe then we could explain how Keith Richards has managed to survive past 60.