A team of researchers led by Mark Bellis, director of the Centre for Public Health at Liverpool John Moores University, found that solo performers are twice as likely to die earlier than the average for their demographic category as members of a band. In North America, almost 23 percent of solo artists died before their time, compared to just 10 percent of band members.
These numbers might be linked with the fact that solo artists tend to become more famous than band members, and thus they face different pressures.
The team also linked the fact that most of those who died from drug abuse or related causes (nearly 47 percent) had suffered some form of childhood trauma.
[via Pacific Standard]