The price of fame may be a shortened life, as actors, singers, musicians, dancers, and athletes tend to die earlier than counterparts in other walks of life, scientists found.
Experts said performers are more likely to have vices such as smoking, drinking or taking illicit drugs, which could be contributing factors.
They said findings should act as a warning to celebrity obsessed youngsters.
Australian researchers uncovered the trend after studying the obituary columns of the New York Times, which only include the names of the rich, successful and famous.
Analysis of 1,000 obituaries showed that younger deaths were more common among those whose lives had been devoted to the performing arts and sport.
Performers, both sporting and artistic, had an average age at death of 77.2, compared with 78.5 for creative non-performers.
Among professionals and academics, people in business, military and political careers, significantly older ages at death were seen.
According to the survey published online in QJM: An International Journal of Medicine, an examination of causes of death showed that shorter lives were associated with accidents, infections and certain cancers.
Lead author Professor Richard Epstein, from The Kinghorn Cancer Centre at St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney, said that a one off analysis "can't prove anything", but does "raise interesting questions".