The price of fame


A shorter life may be the price of fame for performers and sports stars, new research suggests.

Actors, singers, musicians and dancers, as well as athletes, tend to die earlier than people in other walks of life, scientists have found.

Experts believe one explanation could be that performers are more likely to smoke, drink too much alcohol or take illicit drugs.

The findings should be a warning to young people obsessed with celebrity and stardom, they say.

Creative artists who worked on their own, such as writers, composers and painters, also had shorter lives, though not to the same degree as performers.

An analysis of 1000 obituaries showed that people who have devoted their life to the performing arts or sports are more likely to die at a younger age.

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