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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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?

By Contributors

How does it feel to die? Is there a worst way, or is it totally subjective? What factors make some ways of dying so much grislier than others?

By Josh Clark

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.

By the Editors of Publications International, Ltd.


These 15 causes of death make up about 58 percent of all deaths, according to the World Health Organization's World Health Report. Some of these statistics might just surprise you.

By the Editors of Publications International, Ltd.

Some causes of death stand out for their sheer level of peculiarity. See our list of 7 strange ways to die, including being struck by a tortoise falling from the air and laughing too hard.

By the Editors of Publications International, Ltd.

Most of us think of water as the healthiest drink in the world. But in abnormal amounts, it can actually cause death. How can a liquid you need to stay alive end up killing you?

By Julia Layton

Hanging, when carried out with modern techniques, can be one of the quickest and most painless ways to be executed. But not all hangings are designed that way.

By Julia Layton & Alia Hoyt


End of life depression can be a serious condition. Learn about end of life depression and how to treat it.

By Scott Fishman, M.D.