Is 27 an especially fatal age for musicians?

It turns out that this is exactly what the Forever 27 Club is; age 27 is no worse for rock musicians than for the general populace. The artists who died at the age of 27, such as

  • Legendary bluesman Robert Johnson
  • Rolling Stones co-founder Brian Jones
  • Jimi Hendrix
  • Janis Joplin
  • Big Star co-founder Chris Bell
  • Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain
  • Amy Winehouse.

Actuarial charts show that 27 is generally a safe age for most people, including rock musicians. A phenomenon known as confirmation bias explains people’s tendency to ignore facts that disprove a chosen hypothesis and emphasize facts that support it.

Statistically, we can say that 57 was a fateful year for rockers, as bassist John Entwistle Prince, punk pioneer Ian Dury, and soul legend Curtis Mayfield all died at the same age.

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