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Rock stars: living fast - and dying in middle age

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The news of the death of Keith Flint, singer with British band the Prodigy, is the latest in a series of recent rock and roll tragedies, including the death of Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell (May 2017) and the Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan, who died in January 2018. All were of a similar age: Flint was 49, Cornell 52, O’Riordan 46. All were at similar stages of their careers, still working with their bands but struggling to find a place in the musical world of the 21st century, their biggest hits behind them.

All suffered from mental health problems: O’Riordan had admitted to a bipolar diagnosis and anorexia, Cornell struggled with addictions and depression, likewise Flint. All died alone: O’Riordan and Cornell in hotel rooms, Flint at his Essex home. (Bizarrely, some 37 years to the day prior to Cornell’s death, Joy Division’s Ian........

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