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

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Actor Tommy Ford passed on October 12, he was 52 years old. (Photo by Moses Robinson/Getty Images)

Agnes Nixon the creator of 'All my children' left us on September 28th at the age of 93.

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Darrell Ward the star of 'Ice Road Truckers' life was taken in a plane crash, he was 52 years old. 
Popular voice actor Jack Riley passed on August 19th. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
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