NEW YORK, NY – They say fame comes with a price. Sure, there’s money and mansions and mobs of adoring fans, but is it worth an early exit to the afterlife?
A new study out of Australia, which looked at 1,000 New York Times obituaries between 2009 and 2011, found that actors, singers, professional athletes and other performers kicked the bucket at an average age of 77. 77?!
Seems kind of high considering the greats like Jimi, Janis, Jim, Kurt and Amy all died at the age of 27.
Composers, writers and artists lived a little bit longer — an average 79 years.
The study also found that the smarter you are, the longer you live!
Academics, historians and economists have an average life span of 82 years.
Now, who do you think lived the longest?
Politicians make it to the ripe old age of 83.
So, there you have it. Just like Billy Joel said, ‘only the good die young.’