Top 10 Famous People that are a Middle Finger to Mortality

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Despite decades of chemical and physical abuse, the bodies of some people seem to regenerate - their bodies repair damages, completely ignoring the medical science, laws of physics and common sense. These people seem to metabolize things differently.
Although substance abuse in usually involved, it's not limited to it. Bad eating habits, touring and insufficient sleep are also some of the factors.

Minimum age to be eligible: 65

People on this list are just some very lucky guys, so don't try anything they did because you might not be among the luckiest guys on the planet.

Keith Richards, one of the top people on this list, said that his longevity in the face of multiple drug abuse over decades was just luck, and advised others not to follow his lead.

But Keith Richards also said something that sums up the idea of this list:
"I've no pretensions about immortality... I was number one on the Who's 'Likely To Die' list for 10 years. I mean, I was really disappointed when I fell off the list. Some doctor told me I had six months to live, and I went to their funeral."

The Top Ten

1 Ozzy Osbourne Ozzy Osbourne John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne was born on December 3, 1948. He is also known as ''The Prince of Darkness''. Ozzy is an English singer, songwriter, and television personality. He rose to prominence in the early 1970s as the lead vocalist of the band Black Sabbath. Osbourne was fired from Black Sabbath ...read more.

Just so you know, there weren't as much chemicals nor pollution back when any of these people were growing up. Some now deceased relatives of mine have been smoking cigars when they were over 70. Smoking was much safer in those days. They put more chemicals in those products in recent years. That's probably why much more people are dying from them now then they did 40 plus years ago.

69 yo as of May 2018.
Ozzy even agreed to take part in medical research projects that analyzed his full genome to find out how he was still alive (Cofactor Genomics, Knome Inc.). Ozzy was the first rock star to have his full genome sequenced. Ozzy himself explained:
"I was curious. Given the swimming pools of booze I've guzzled over the years - not to mention all of the cocaine, morphine, sleeping pills, cough syrup, LSD, Rohypnol…you name it - there's really no plausible medical reason why I should still be alive. Maybe my DNA could say why."
But scientists didn't find the "Ozzy" gene - no particular evidence of his body's efforts to repair any damage. They found interesting things but not quite definitive - an unusual variant of alcohol dehydrogenase genes and evidence of Neanderthal lineage. - Metal_Treasure

2 Iggy Pop Iggy Pop James Newell Osterberg, Jr., known professionally as Iggy Pop, is an American singer-songwriter, musician and actor.

71 yo as of May 2018.

After decades of self-mutilation, self-destruction, heavy drug use and alcohol abuse, Iggy Pop still performs live at the age of 70+.
He is done with hardcore drugs though. - Metal_Treasure

3 Keith Richards Keith Richards Keith Richards is an English musician—primarily a guitarist—singer, songwriter, best-selling memoirist, and founding member of the rock band The Rolling Stones.

I know, I know, we've all heard the jokes, but what amazes me about Keith Richards is that, unlike many of his contemporaries, he still smokes and drinks on a regular basis. Apparently, the after-effects don't seem to bother him. - Gg2000

I think it may be beyond science to figure out how Keith Richards is still alive. - Metarock

I submitted a very interesting item description with the submission of the list. It was 3-4 days ago but the description is still missing. I hate this. It happens too often to my item descriptions.
Update: 6 days ago - Metal_Treasure

4 Mick Jagger Mick Jagger Sir Michael Philip "Mick" Jagger is an English singer, songwriter, and actor, best known as the lead vocalist and a co-founder of the Rolling Stones.

74 yo as of May 2018.
Everyone who was in the Rolling Stones can be on this list but Keith Richards and Mick Jagger are the front runners. - Metal_Treasure

5 Lemmy Lemmy Ian Fraser Kilmister, known as Lemmy, was an English musician, singer and songwriter who founded and fronted the rock band Motörhead. He was a bassist and a singer known for his raspy voice. He died in 2015 from cancer and other health problems.

He died at 70. R.I.P.
Chain smoking, whiskey and amphetamines. Lemmy had no family so his bad habits were unrestrained (he didn't want to get married). He was aware of the risks:

"Everything that is pleasant in life is dangerous. Have you noticed that? I'd like to find the bastard that thought that one up." - Metal_Treasure

6 Steven Tyler Steven Tyler Steven Tyler is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and former television music competition judge, best known as the lead singer of the Boston-based rock band Aerosmith, in which he also plays the harmonica, and occasional piano and percussion.

70 yo as of May 2018.
Another favorite rocker. And a bad guy. - Metal_Treasure

7 Bob Dylan Bob Dylan Bob Dylan is an American singer-songwriter, author, and artist who has been an influential figure in popular music and culture for more than five decades.

He is 77 yo as of May 2018.

He tried every drug he could find, including heroin. He admitted he was once a heroin addict.

He has been through rehab. He's also the guy who turned The Beatles on to pot. - Metal_Treasure

8 Alice Cooper Alice Cooper Alice Cooper is an American singer, songwriter, musician and occasional actor whose career spans over five decades.

70 yo as of May 2018.
Besides the things the other guys did, he took some additional risks, such as performing live with a real boa constrictor around his neck. - Metal_Treasure

9 Brian Wilson Brian Wilson Brian Douglas Wilson is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer best known for being the multi-tasking leader and co-founder of the Beach Boys.

I submitted an item description 6 days ago... - Metal_Treasure

10 Lou Reed Lou Reed Lewis Allan "Lou" Reed (March 2, 1942 – October 27, 2013) was an American musician, singer, and songwriter. He was the guitarist, vocalist, and principal songwriter of the Velvet Underground, and his solo career spanned five decades. ...read more.

He died at 71 but he is eligible because he was over 65 - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 Betty White Betty White Betty White Ludden, known professionally as Betty White, is an American actress, animal rights activist, author, comedian, radio host, singer, and television personality.

Surely it would be kinda dangerous for someone this old to be kicking it. - LemonComputer

Assuming by the pic she does rock or metal - LemonComputer

Over 90 years old and is still kicking it.

She's incredible but did she have an unhealthy life style, which is the idea of this list? - Metal_Treasure

12 David Crosby David Crosby David Van Cortlandt Crosby is an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter. In addition to his solo career, he was a founding member of three bands: the Byrds; Crosby, Stills & Nash; and CPR.

He is 76 yo as of May 2018 - Metal_Treasure

13 Chuck Norris Chuck Norris Carlos Ray "Chuck" Norris is an American martial artist, actor, film producer and screenwriter. He was born in March 10, 1940, in Ryan, OK. He is famous for mostly starring in western and action movies.
14 Paul McCartney Paul McCartney Sir James Paul McCartney is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer . With John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, he gained worldwide fame with the rock band the Beatles, one of the most popular and influential groups in the history of pop and rock music .
15 Joe Walsh Joe Walsh Joseph Fidler "Joe" Walsh is an American singer-songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist and record producer.
16 Axl Rose Axl Rose William Bruce Rose Jr., better known as 'Axl Rose', is an American singer born on February 6, 1962, in Lafayette, Indiana. He Is the founder and lead singer of the hard rock band Guns N' Roses. He is a celebrated but controversial figure in the world of rock.

He's only 56 years old as of 2018 - he has to turn 65 to be eligible. - Metal_Treasure

Even though his voice is gone and he doesn't have it any more if you ask me, how is he still alive? - RustyNail

17 Donald Sutherland Donald Sutherland
18 Clint Eastwood Clint Eastwood Clinton "Clint" Eastwood Jr. is an American actor, film director, producer, musician, and political figure.
19 Ringo Starr Ringo Starr Richard Starkey known professionally as Ringo Starr, is an English musician, singer, songwriter and actor who gained worldwide fame as the drummer for the Beatles.
20 Jane Fonda Jane Fonda Jane Fonda is an American actress, writer, political activist, former fashion model and fitness guru.
21 Kirk Douglas Kirk Douglas
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