The greatest killer of rock stars isn't partying; It's cancer

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You've heard of the "27 club," which counts popular musicians like Kurt Cobain and Jimi Hendrix who coincidentally died at age 27 as members. But is there a particular age that's cursed? In light of the recent deaths of David Bowie, who was 69, and the Eagles' Glenn Frey, who was 67, we took a look at the ages, years, and causes of rock star deaths.

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Is 60-something the new 27? Maybe. Although lots of rock stars have died in their 50s and 60s, which is below the average life expectancy for the rest of the population, but not terrible for a hard-living demographic where some of the brightest stars have made an early exit. Also, recently, it seems like more rock stars are dying from cancer than from overdoses. In the first half of this decade, 89 rock stars have died as a result of cancer, surpassing the 79 cancer-related deaths in the 2000s. Comparatively, there have only been 12 overdose-related deaths so far this decade.

Part of this may be due to the fact that the first generation of rock stars are actually old enough to be "old," and cancer rates tend to rise with age. And it also goes to show that while rock stars might be treated like deities in life, in death, they're just like the rest of us.

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January 1 -- Former U.S. Sen. Dale Bumpers, D-Ark., seen here in 2006, passed away at the age of 90. Bumpers' signature moment on the national stage came in 1999, just weeks after leaving the Senate, when he defended Pres. Bill Clinton — who had worked for a challenger's 1974 campaign — before the U.S. Senate during his impeachment trial.

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January 4 -- Robert Stigwood, manager of the Bee Gees and Cream.

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January 4 -- Country singer Craig Strickland was found dead at age 29 from hypothermia.

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January 6 -- Pat Harrington, Jr., actor in 'One Day at a Time,' died at 86 from complications from Alzheimer's disease.

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January 11 -- Singer David Bowie died after battling cancer for 18 months. He was 69.

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January 14 -- Actor Alan Rickman, popular for playing Professor Snape in the 'Harry Potter' films, died at 69 after battling cancer.

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January 18 -- Glenn Frey, founding member of The Eagles, died at age 67 due to complications from multiple ailments.

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January 29 -- Paul Kantner, guitarist, vocalist and founding member of the band Jefferson Airplane, passed away at age 74 of multiple organ failure following a heart attack.

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February 2 -- Jibri Bryan, #34, of the Mercer Bears was killed in a shooting at age 23.

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February 4 -- Maurice White, founder of Earth, Wind & Fire, died from the effects of Parkinson's disease at age 74.

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February 4 -- Astronaut Edgar D. Mitchell, the sixth person to walk on the moon, passed away at 85 under hospice care.

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February 13 -- United States Supreme Court justice, Antonin Scalia.

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February 19 -- Author of the beloved novel To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee.

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March 9 -- Beatles producer Sir George Martin passed away at age 90, as announced by Ringo Starr on Twitter.

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March 16 -- Singer Frank Sinatra Jr.

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March 24 -- Comedian Garry Shandling at age 66. 

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March 29 -- Oscar winning actress Patty Duke, at the age of 69.

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