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Death & Dying

Death is an inevitable fact of life. Learn about life expectancy, the different ways to die, in this section.

Top 5 Common Causes of Death for People Over 300 Pounds

You might not notice when a few extra pounds creep onto your waistline, but those pounds can accumulate quickly. Gain too much, and you're risking a slew of illnesses, and even death.

The Top Contender for How You'll Likely Die

The BrainStuff team lined up all the grave statistics on how you're likely to die. Learn more about your own mortality at HowStuffWorks Now. See more »

Test Your Knowledge: Which Is Deadlier?

Every minute of every day, the world is trying to kill you. Figure out which threats are most likely to cause your untimely demise at HowStuffWorks. See more »

10 Superstitions About Death

Death is a fact of life, but how we understand it isn't always factual. Learn about some intense death superstitions at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Can a splinter kill you?

Splinters are small things that can cause a lot of pain. But can a splinter actually kill you? Find out. See more »

10 Worst Ways to Die

Is there a worst way to die? Hard to say, but here's our list of ten contenders for the title of worst way to die. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions About Forensic Pathology

Forensic pathology is a fascinating field. Take a look at frequently asked questions about forensic pathology to learn more. See more »

10 Fallen Stars and Their Toxicology Reports

Fallen stars are tragic, but what their toxicology reports say are shocking. Here are 10 fallen stars and their toxicology reports. See more »

10 Celebrity Deaths: The Final Details

Find out the final autopsy details behind some of the worlds biggest name celebrities with 10 celebrity deaths and their final details. See more »

10 Things to Know About Forensic Medicine

Forensic medicine covers a range of procedures and professions. See 10 things to know about forensic medicine to see if you have what it takes. See more »

Behind the Death of Whitney Houston

Go behind the death of Whitney Houston for a look at the final autopsy results. Learn about the contributing factors that led to the singer's passing. See more »