Musical mortality

Check out this fascinating actuarial analysis of the life expectancy of popular musicians (broken down by musical genre) prepared by Dianna Theadora Kenny, a professor of music and psychology at the University of Sydney. According to Prof. Kenny, accidents are one of the main causes of death among musicians, especially for men: “For male musicians across all genres, accidental death (including all vehicular incidents and accidental overdose) accounted for almost 20% of all deaths. But accidental death for rock musicians was higher than this (24.4%) and for metal musicians higher still (36.2%).” The table below provides an even more comprehensive statistical picture:

Image Credit: Dianna Theadora Kenny

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