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

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What happens during the dying process?

 What happens during the dying process?

The dying process isn't as much of a mystery as what happens after we die. Learn about the dying process and what occurs in the days leading up to death. See more »

10 Bizarre Ways to Die

 10 Bizarre Ways to Die

There are as many ways to die as there are ways to live. Read about ten bizarre ways to die. See more »

How Dying Works

 How Dying Works

Dying is the natural end to life, but knowing that doesn't make the physical reality of death any easier. Find out what happens to the body as it's dying. 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?

Which is more likely -- death by auto accident or death by french fry? Compare the statistics of death by auto accident and death by french fry and find out. See more »

Top 10 Lessons on How Not to Die

 Top 10 Lessons on How Not to Die

Top 10 lessons on how not to die is good information to know for your overall health. Learn more about top 10 lessons on how not to die from HowStuffWorks. See more »

What causes rigor mortis?

 What causes rigor mortis?

The causes of rigor mortis stem from the way muscles move. Learn about the causes of rigor mortis and see how chemistry affects postmortem stiffness. See more »

Is there a worst way to die?

 Is there a worst way to die?

The worst way to die is a topic that has been debated by people like physicians. Learn about some of the possible worst ways to die. 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. See more »

15 Most Common Causes of Death in the World

15 Most Common Causes of Death in the World

You just never know how you're gonna go, but this list might help narrow it down. Learn about the 15 most common causes of death in the world. See more »

7 Strange Ways to Die

 7 Strange Ways to Die

Some causes of death stand out for their sheer level of peculiarity. See our list of 7 strange ways to die, including the death of Isadora Duncan. See more »