The Globe and Mail wonders why some performers have died at the young age of 27. While there may not be anything peculiar or special about some performers dying at age 27, there is however enough statistical evidence to suggest that pop stars have a higher propensity to die early than the general population.
Mark Bellis and others studied the mortality rates of 1,064 British and North American pop stars and concluded that two years after becoming famous, pop stars experienced a two to three times higher risk of mortality than those in the general population who shared similar demographic traits.
Writing in the Journal of Epidemiol Community Health, the authors noted that drug and alcohol were associated with most deaths followed by cancer, accidents, and other cardio-vascular ailments.
Winehouse, Cobain, Hendrix: What is it about age 27? - The Globe and Mail