I understand through years of studying that maintaining a healthy diet and engaging in routine exercising are the best things one can do for their health. Obviously there is no guarantee for a long life, but if you weren't going to live long doing these you certainly weren't going to live long eating crappy and being sedentary. In any case, this would lead me to expect athletes to live longer lives than ordinary. Surely being more fit than the rest of the population is an indicator of health, right? I Googled Peter Norman, the white guy who stood next to the 2 black men doing the black power fist in the 1968 Olympics and found that he died at a relatively young age to a heart attack. I was a bit surprised because I know first hand that track is sport that really pushes one to get into tip-top shape. I think of other athletes who died of illnesses here is a list (not counting the ones who died of things like car crashes). Even Michael Clarke Duncan, he wasn't a pro athlete but obviously spent a lot of time working out, died of a heart attack. I know this is a poor sample size, but I am shocked to see many athletic people die of natural causes. Except for WWE athletes as those guys are juiced to the gills and are basically ticking time bombs.