I don’t know why so many musicians just seem to die young. Of course some die from silly accidents, like a drug overdose, however so many of them just seem to die young from health related issues.
My suspicion is that it takes a certain type of person to be a really top-class successful musician, and that sort of person has enormous energy and drive for what they do, but they channel all that energy into what they do at the cost of everything else, including their health.
I’m sure that being a successful musician, and in particular a rock star, has enormous pressures associated with it. There’s all the drugtaking, drinking and more, and many of them just get sucked into this lifestyle before they realize it’s too late.
And of course it’s not just the drugtaking and the drinking. Any musician who is on the road will almost always be eating a shocking diet. I know my diet, when I’m on the road, is much worse than when I’m at home. I eat motel food all the time, I eat too much steak and too many chips and not enough healthy food.
I take vitamins and a fish oil supplement
Although I’m probably one of the few people who recognizes the problems associated with this lifestyle. I do my best to stay healthy, I take vitamin and mineral supplements, I take a fish oil supplement, I have my blood pressure checked regularly and my doctor always takes blood tests to check my heart health every year. I know vitamins and fish oil are good for you.
But I suspect I’m one of the few, I think the pressures of the highrolling life get on top of many rock stars and they can’t resist the temptation that goes with the money and the fame.
Probably of the most famous of all is Elvis Presley. Elvis was about as famous as it gets however he died at the age of 42 after years of a dreadful diet and prescription drug taking. I’ve heard it said, though I don’t know if it’s true, that he used to eat deep-fried hamburgers. Now that can’t be good for you.
However it wasn’t just Elvis. There’s all of the other stars who have died young from other health issues such as heart attacks and drug overdose. Rudy Lewis, of the Drifters, for example died of a drug overdose.
Anyone looking from the outside would think that being a rock star or a famous musician was a glamorous life. All the money and a fame has to be wonderful. Who could ask for more out of life?
The reality is that for many famous musicians life is very difficult. The money and fame don’t make up for the fact that the stresses of being a rock star are sometimes extreme.
I recognized the risk years ago. So I do my absolute best to stay healthy. I exercise as much as I can, I eat well and make sure I get enough sleep. I drink sparingly and I resolved many years ago I was a touch drugs because I know the risks.
So hopefully I won’t be one of those musicians who dies young.