DEATH & DYING

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

Water is "the stuff of life," but it can also kill in crazy ways. Check out these five real-life stories with unfortunate endings.

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  • The Ultimate Death Quiz

    The Ultimate Death Quiz

    The Grim Reaper is a personification of death that has been invented and refined over the years to help humans make sense of their own mortality. How much do you know about your own mortality? You can't cheat death, and you can't cheat on this quiz about death, either. So sharpen your scythe and get started. See more »

  • Top 5 Common Causes of Death for People Over 300 Pounds

    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. See more »

  • What are the odds?

    What are the odds?

    There are innumerable freaky ways to meet your mortality, but what is the actual likelihood that you'll be struck by a meteorite or injured in an amusement park? See more »

  • What causes rigor mortis?

    What causes rigor mortis?

    Murder victims found clutching strands of their attacker's hair aren't the stuff of Hollywood -- rigor mortis is the cause. What makes muscles tighten and joints lock after someone dies? See more »

  • What happens during the dying process?

    What happens during the dying process?

    It's hard to be prepared for death. Too much is unknown about what dying feels like or what happens after we die. However, we do know a bit about the process that occurs in the days and hours leading up to death. See more »

  • What's more likely -- death by an auto accident or death by french fries?

    What's more likely -- death by an auto accident or death by french fries?

    Car accidents kill people every day, but fast food fats might be just as lethal. So which is deadlier: your french fry habit or a crash on your trek to the drive-through? See more »

  • 10 Celebrity Deaths: The Final Details

    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 Fallen Stars and Their Toxicology Reports

    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 Things to Know About Forensic Medicine

    10 Things to Know About Forensic Medicine

    Forensic medicine covers a range of fields and professions, from coroners to forensic pathologists and medical examiners. Get insider tips and information on being in forensic medicine. See more »

  • 15 Most Common Causes of Death in the United States

    15 Most Common Causes of Death in the United States

    Where you live has a lot to do with how you meet your Maker. See our list of the 15 most common causes of death in the United States, including Diabetes mellitus and heart diseases. See more »

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