This week’s episode of What Really Happened, a popular podcast hosted by documentarian Andrew Jenks, is set to explore the concept of the “27 Club,” which posits that artists die with improbably frequency at the age of 27. The term emerged from the deaths of musicians such as Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse. While it appears to be a simple statistical anomaly, Jenks claims that there’s more to the story.
“Some say this is nothing more than a media-manufactured term,” he says in a trailer for the episode. “That’s what I originally thought. But extensive studies going back over 100 years show an unusually high number of musicians and artists who have died at 27 years old.”
The full episode, which will be available Wednesday morning, is part of the second season of What Really Happened, which hopscotches from topic to topic every episode. This will be the first music-focused episode of Season 2, which also covered a match between Venus and Serena Williams, the box office flop of John Carter and King John II of France. The series is produced by Seven Bucks Productions and Andrew Jenks Entertainment alongside Cadence13.