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Exploring famous musicians age of death
(data from Wikipedia, made by Tamirp.com)
For decades we were convinced that famous musicians have "a tendency" to die at the age of 27. We called it the "Forever 27 club", and there are dozens of websites that deal with the subject. Even I made one last year. If we try to be rational and follow the laws of probability - we might be able to understand why more musicians seem to die at the age of 27. It seems that in the 70s a lot of musicians really died at the age of 27. If we look at the distribution of age of death for famous musicians in the 50s-60s it actually looks like a fair amount of musicians did die at the age of 27.

If we add the musicians who had died in the 70s (they are also the most famous on the 27 list - Joplin, Morrison and Hendrix), it seems clear that the highest column in the chart is 27.

From the 80s until now it seems that the distribution pretty much aligns with the death distribution in the global population for that year, with a tendency to die at the age of 65.

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So, Do musicians really have a tendency to die at the age of 27? Yes and no. There is no doubt that in the 60's and 70’s there was a suspiciously large number of musicians who died at the age of 27, but since then the distribution aligns with the global age of death chart. And yet, we still find musicians who die at the age of 27. There might be several reasons- Do less familiar musicians who died at the age of 27 suddenly become famous only for this trivia detail? Also, We might be searching “too hard” for famous artists who died at the age of 27, even if not directly related to music (as Jean-Michel Baptiste), and when a famous musician do die at age 27 (as Amy Winehouse did) We make a big deal of this fact, thereby intensifying the myth.

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