Fame can lead to shorter life
Yes, fame can be fun and glamorous, but it can also shorten your life, particularly if you’re a famous performer or athlete. That’s the conclusion of new research from St. Vincent's Hospital, Clinical School, at the University of New South Wales in Sydney and the University of Queensland in Brisbane (Australia).
The researchers analyzed 1,000 obituaries published in The New York Times, focusing on the gender, age, occupation and cause of death. They then sorted the results into four categories: sports players and performers; non-performing creative people (such as writers, visual artists or composers); political, business and military people; and academic, religious and professional occupations. The results showed that sports players, performers and those non-performing creative occupations were more likely to die younger, while longer lives were associated with military, business and political jobs. Athletes and performers lived to be 77.4 years and 77.1 years, respectively, while people in the military, business and political sectors lived to be 84.7, 83.3 and 82.1 years old, respectively.
Early death among the famous was most often associated with accidents, infection and organ-specific cancer. Seven percent of performers died of lung cancer as opposed to 1.4 percent among professionals, likely a product of chronic smoking.