The lost years: The impact of cirrhosis on the history of jazz

It is interesting to speculate where jazz may have gone if John Coltrane and Charlie Parker lived into their 80s rather than succumb to the ravages of liver disease in their 30s. If we assume an average life span of 75 years for an adult man, the jazz musicians depicted in Figure 1 have lost a combined 461 years of jazz productivity as a consequence of cirrhosis.

Source: The lost years: The impact of cirrhosis on the history of jazz