The Price of Fame? An Early Death

Warhol graveSo is it better to die old in obscurity or young in the limelight? From Reuters:

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.

The Australian-based researchers said these earlier deaths could indicate that performers and sports stars took more risks in life, either to reach their goals or due to their success.

“Fame and achievement in performance-related careers may be earned at the cost of a shorter life expectancy,” the researchers wrote in their study published in QJM: An International Journal of Medicine…

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  • ⚔Christophuh⚔

    There may be a correlation to the amount of partying done by each group.

  • Chaos_Dynamics

    It’s better to burn out than to fade away…

  • emperorreagan

    I don’t think there’s any particular merit in working. There’s certainly no merit in working towards the empty adulation of the masses. Obscurity all the way.

    • Chaos_Dynamics

      My band mates are all ghosts… and the applause is silent…

  • Hadrian999

    fame often brings excess with it. If you don’t have a strong sense of self you can be swept along doing many dangerous things. all things being equal I would rather die early from fame than from being too poor to receive medical care

  • jnana

    didn’t know andy Warhol was Russian orthodox

  • Haystack

    There is nothing you can do that won’t eventually be forgotten.