New Study Reveals Successful & Famous People Live Shorter Lives Than Successful, Non-Famous Folks

This report caught our attention. The next time you’re in a conference room for a long meeting, consider it good for your health. Or at least better for your life span than oh, let’s say a notable name.

According to a study, Death in The New York Times: The Price of Fame is a Faster Flame published in QJM, An International Journal of Medicine, people who are successful and famous (think actors, athletes and other celebrities) die sooner than people who are merely successful for their accomplishments.

Sydney researchers examined the age and cause of death reported in 1,000 New York Times obituaries published from 2009 until 2011. Defining success as living a life that warranted a published obit, some people were successful and famous compared to others who were successful (think business, military or political names).

Researchers concluded people who were successful and famous died earlier with an average age of 77.2 years. Sure, it’s not exactly young but compared to other notable people, they died sooner. The average age for successful business folks was 83.

How they died made a difference, too. Doctors, academics and philanthropists were more likely to die of “old age.” This diagnosis was much less common among performers, athletes and celebrities.

Additionally, as pointed out by The Atlantic, the researchers indicated drug use and risky behavior associated with fame led to questions and connections of performance-enhancing substances and making an impact on shortening lives.

In addition, researchers mentioned lung cancer deaths were the most common in performers, thereby connecting stars with chronic smoking.