Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Brian Jones and Amy Winehouse all passed away at age 27, leading some to believe this is a particularly risky and unlucky age for musicians.
Not so, says a study that finds that the "27 Club," as it's been named, may just be a coincidence. Research debunking the theory was released Tuesday in the Christmas edition of the British Journal of Medicine, because apparently nothing says the holidays like studies about dead musicians.
To see if this 27 thing was actually a trend, researchers compared survival rates among 1,046 musicians, including solo artists and band members, who had a No. 1 album in the U.K. between 1956 and 2007, with the general U.K. population.
Rock 'n' rollers weren't the only ones included; the group also featured crooners, death metal stars, and Muppet actors.
During those years 71 musicians died, accounting for 7% of the study population. Researchers found that although three musicians did pass away at age 27, part of a pool of 522 musicians considered at risk, there was no definitive bump for deaths at that age.