May 5, 2012
The hip-hop and pop music world was saddened to hear that Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys died at at the age of 47. He had been battling parotid gland cancer. As you may know, one of my hobbies is to analyze facial features, particularly jaw configurations in relation to one’s ability to breathe and sleep properly at night. I came across this picture on MSNBC, showing Mr. Yauch’s narrow and recessed mandible, along with a very narrow and pinched in nose. Having small jaws leads to airway crowding, predisposing to breathing problems while in deep sleep during muscle relaxation.
There’s nothing more public about his health status besides his cancer, but one of his hallmark features was his raspy voice. If he had upper airway resistance syndrome, it’s likely he also had laryngopharyngeal reflux disease. Besides aggravating hoarseness, reflux can also cause chronic oral cavity, nasal and lung inflammation, potentially leading to a multitude of health problems. It’s also very likely that he didn’t like to sleep on his back, and had unrefreshing sleep. Studies are beginning to show that lack of good sleep may also be a risk factor for cancer.
All this is speculation, but celebrities are also modern humans, being susceptible to craniofacial features that can lead to sleep-related breathing disorders. Do you know of other celebrities that have small jaws or facial features?