Death and Dying

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


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The Sarco Suicide Pod: Controversial or Compassionate?

It's kind of like the suicide booth on 'Futurama,' and its inventor says the Sarco should be available in 2018.

Telling Doctors Not to Resuscitate, by Tattoo

Would you communicate your end-of-life wishes by tattoo? And would they be respected?

The Top Contender for How You'll Likely Die

You know you're going to bid this planet farewell at some point, but what ultimately will cause your death? We have a good guess.

10 Superstitions About Death

Death is a fact of life. Since the beginning of time humanity has come up with numerous superstitions to come to terms with the dearly departed.

Can a splinter kill you?

How can something so small be such a giant pain? Tweezers can undo most splinter damage but not all: That tiny interloper might be teeming with bacteria.

10 Worst Ways to Die

C'mon. You know you've thought about this. We have, too. Want to see how your list compares with ours?

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.

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.

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.

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.

Behind the Death of Whitney Houston

Learn about the contributing health factors in the death of Whitney Houston. Take a look at her career and what led to her eventual passing.

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?

Odds of Death: A Numbers Game

What are the odds of being struck by lightning? How many people die in car accidents every year? Find out the odds of some common and some unusual death scenarios.

Can you die of a broken heart?

When a long-time spouse dies, it isn't that uncommon for potentially life-threatening health problems to arise in his or her partner soon afterward, or for chronic conditions to take a grave turn. Could broken hearts be to blame?

5 Worst Places to Be in a Thunderstorm

Planning on hitting golf balls from a small boat under a tree? Probably not after reading this article. But do you know the worst place to be in a thunderstorm?

10 Potential Death Traps Lurking in Your Home

Home is where the heart is, but it can also be where hazards lurk. To make certain your house is not just a home, but a "safe" home, you must beware of potential dangers.

10 Most Dangerous Items in the Office

Just because you don't wrestle alligators or fight bad guys for a living doesn't mean your workplace is safe. Here are 10 of the most dangerous items in an office.

Death by Invention: 5 Inventors who Died by Their Own Work

Dedicated, driven and ambitious are words to describe most inventors. So, is it fate or irony that led these five to die by the hands of their own work?

5 Most Dangerous Contests

Danger is all around you. Some run from it, while others embrace risk and potential peril, welcoming it into their lives in the form of a game.

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.

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.

Is there life after death?

At one time or another, each of us has pondered what will happen to us after our physical bodies perish. So what's the verdict? Is there an afterlife?

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.

10 Bizarre Ways to Die

There are a lot of ways to die. Some are just more interesting than others. For example, death by deodorant or death by underwire bra.

How Dying Works

Dying is one thing we all have in common. Our bodies weren't built to last, and you can't trick the Grim Reaper out of coming to call. So what are we in for at the end of life?