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Price of fame: Performers
and sports stars die younger

Reuters, by Belinda Goldsmith

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Posted By:NorthernDog, 4/17/2013 10:50:00 PM

LONDON - The price of fame can be high with an international study on Thursday finding that people who enjoy successful entertainment or sporting careers tend to die younger. Researchers Richard Epstein and Catherine Epstein said the study, based on analysing 1,000 New York Times obituaries from 2009-2011, found film, music, stage performers and sports people died at an average age of 77.2 years. This compared to an average lifespan of 78.5 years for creative workers, 81.7 for professionals and academics, and 83 years for people in business, military and political careers.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: bluefindad, 4/17/2013 11:28:28 PM     (No. 9281645)

Obviously they should be charged more for healthcare premiums under Obamacare.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: tipover, 4/18/2013 12:48:35 AM     (No. 9281743)

Keep in mind that the sample consists of those the the NYT´s considers important enough for an obit in their rag. That has to create a bias in the sample from the gitgo.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Crashnburn, 4/18/2013 1:22:28 AM     (No. 9281772)

Most successful sports stars retire when they are relatively young; usually before 40. That´s at least 25 years before the average worker. So if they die a year younger than the average worker, they still had 24 more years of not having to work.

I wonder if the NYT controlled for drug use, late night partying, and frequent, random, and casual sex.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: stymie82, 4/18/2013 11:06:35 AM     (No. 9282396)

Hmm...George Beverly Shea passed on at age 104-Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison at age 27. I´m seeing a pattern.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: toddh, 4/18/2013 11:07:05 AM     (No. 9282400)

They analyzed 1000 obits from one source? This is one afternoon of work. I wonder how long it took and how much it cost.

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