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R.I.P.: Singer Amy Winehouse Dies at Age 27. Some just shrug, but I find this very sad, as she wasted a lot of talent. And as is widely noted, she is other addition to the unfortunate "27 Club" (thanks nin). Years ago iconoclastic baseball statistician Bill James did a study that showed that the age of 27 was the most likely point for a player to have a standout season compared with the rest of his career, and in a later study found that player's defensive skills began to decline at the age of 27, as well, suggesting this is some sort of peak age. I'm not sure that there's a connection there, but every time the spate of dead 27 year-old musicians comes up, this pops to mind.

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18. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 25, 2011, 08:30 kanniballl
Lord Tea wrote on Jul 25, 2011, 06:32:
I shrug. No one forces you to do hard drugs. If you OD, natural selection kicks in.

I see the issue as blurry, and this is coming from a guy that *might* have 2 beers a year

On one hand, it's the person's fault to start taking drugs. Maybe there were other factors in play (social / psychological / forced / etc) but usually that first hit is the person's fault.

However, the whole addiction thing is when it get's hazy.

I've heard some people equate it to "why don't they stop" thinking it's like their "addiction" to Potato Chips or something... that the person is simply choosing to open a bag of chips. There's a lot more going on than that... an addict simply isn't weak there's an actual chemical thing going on.

Meanwhile, money and fame isn't just an easy-mode button; there IS a lot of stress. There's a lot of cr@p going on that "us normals" never even have to consider... pressure, paparazzi, fans, haters, not being able to walk down the street in private, etc. Sure sometimes that's great but imagine if everything you did was caught on camera, put on YouTube, talked about during the news, and meanwhile had people hounding you.

This comment was edited on Jul 25, 2011, 08:37.
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