After Amy Winehouse’s death, much was made of the number of musicians who have died at the age of 27. The marvelous host of NPR’s All Songs Considered, Bob Boilen, wrote shortly after the news of her death came out:
when I saw that Winehouse was 27, chills went through my body. What is it about the age of 27? My generation lost Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Brian Jones at that exact age. Kurt Cobain died at 27, and so did Badfinger’s Pete Ham, Robert Johnson and Big Star’s Chris Bell.
(via Amy Winehouse And The Sad Story Of The 27s : All Songs Considered Blog : NPR.)
Now, comes news of of another death at the age of 27, that of Former Occidental College quarterback Andy Collins:
Andy Collins was a standout player at Occidental College, which never lost a game while he was starting. He died Tuesday of an apparent heart attack. An official cause of death is pending.
Personally, I blame Saturn.
All these deaths are clearly caused by vicious cases of the notorious Saturn return:
In astrology, the Saturn return is an alleged phenomenon which is described as influencing a person’s life development at 27 to 29 or 30-year intervals. These intervals or “returns” coincide with the approximate time it takes the planet Saturn to make one orbit around the sun, i.e. 29.4 years. It is believed by astrologers that, as Saturn “returns” to the degree in its orbit occupied at the time of birth, a person crosses over a major threshold and enters the next stage of life. (via Wikipedia.)