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Top 5 Causes of Death for Men, Women

Heart disease, cancer top both lists

(Newser) - Alzheimer's deaths are on the rise, according to the most recent data. An analysis of all US death certificates from 2014 shows deaths related to Alzheimer's spiked 10.5% over 2013 , per the Los Angeles Times . Such deaths still make up just 5% of deaths for women and... More »

The Top 10 Things That Kill Us

Heart disease, cancer top the list

(Newser) - Don't count on leaving this world in a bizarre hot tub incident . According to the CDC, your death is much more likely to be, well, boring. Live Science rounds up the top 10 leading causes of the death in the US, based on the most recent stats from 2013: More »

See the 'Most Distinctive' Cause of Death in Your State

From accidental gunfire in Alabama to prostate problems in California

(Newser) - A map that shows the leading cause of death in each state would show the usual culprits of heart disease and cancer all over the place. But things get more interesting in a map that shows the "most distinctive" cause of death in each state—the one that "... More »

Knut's Killer: Brain Disease

Viral encephalitis pinpointed in 'exhaustive' review

(Newser) - An exhaustive look into the cause of death of beloved polar bear Knut , almost three years after his death, has confirmed that a viral form of encephalitis, or a brain-inflammation disease, led to his seizures and eventual drowning . "But as there were no signs of disease beforehand there was... More »

Heroin, Booze Killed Glee's Cory Monteith

Autopsy pins cause of death on 'mixed drug toxicity'

(Newser) - Cory Monteith's autopsy is in, and his cause of death is what everybody expected: Hard drugs and booze. The coroner in British Columbia lays the blame on "mixed drug toxicity, involving heroin and alcohol," reports TMZ . The 31-year-old Glee actor was found in his Vancouver hotel room... More »

Coroner: Lottery Winner Murdered With Cyanide

Urooj Khan's death officially ruled a homicide, but no no clues emerge

(Newser) - It's official: Urooj Khan didn't die of natural causes. Cook County Medical Examiner Stephen Cina today ruled the lottery winner's death a homicide, saying he'd died of cyanide toxicity and confirming his initial diagnosis in January, CNN reports. But because there's no cyanide left in... More »

Convicted Murderer Won't Get New Trial...

Despite dramatic change in cause of toddler's death

(Newser) - The medical examiner changed her opinion on the cause of a toddler's death, but the Supreme Court won't consider giving the man convicted in the child's death a new trial. The high court today refused, without comment, to hear an appeal from Neil Hampton Robbins, convicted in... More »

CDC: Murder No Longer a Top Cause of Death in US

Homicide drops out of the top 15

(Newser) - Some semi-encouraging news from the CDC's not-so-cheery annual report on death: For the first time since 1965, homicide did not make the top 15 causes of death in the US last year. But something had to take its place, and that was pneumonitis, a respiratory illness that mainly plagues... More »

3 Dead Guys We Just Can't Leave Alone

Their causes of death still puzzle researchers

(Newser) - These folks have been dead for centuries—and yet we still won’t leave them alone. Discover presents a list of celebs whose mysterious deaths keep us snooping:
  • Napoleon Bonaparte. In 1961, researchers found a lot of arsenic in the emperor’s hair, prompting speculation that he was poinsoned. Two
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Prescription Drugs Found in Dead Surfer's Room

Friends say addiction not plausible

(Newser) - Speculation is swirling around the death of surfing great Andy Irons after police found a variety of prescription drugs in his Dallas hotel room. Police reports indicate that Irons had generic versions of Ambien and Xanax, and the county medical examiner told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that one of the bottles... More »

Ted Koppel's Son Died From Alcohol, Drugs

Lethal combination killed Andrew Koppel, NY coroner says

(Newser) - The son of former ABC News anchor Ted Koppel, who was found dead after a day of bar-hopping with a man he'd just met, died from a lethal combination of drugs and alcohol, the medical examiner's office said today. Andrew Koppel's May 31 death was ruled an accident. Koppel. 40,... More »

6-Year-Old Kills Herself After Being Sent to Room

She's the youngest person to commit suicide in Oregon

(Newser) - Oregon’s medical examiner has concluded that 6-year-old Samantha Kuberski intentionally committed suicide, making her the youngest person ever to kill herself in the state. The first-grader hanged herself in December with a belt from an unused crib, after being sent to her room for arguing with her mother, AOL... More »

Mystery of King Tut's Death Solved

Pharaoh died of malaria, bone condition

(Newser) - Scientists armed with DNA evidence believe they’ve discovered the long-mysterious cause of King Tut’s death: a combination of malaria and bone abnormalities. The cause of the young pharaoh’s early demise has been a topic of speculation ever since his tomb was uncovered, with theories ranging from gangrene... More »

Casey Johnson Died of Self-Neglect

Thirty-year-old wasn't taking insulin, medication

(Newser) - Casey Johnson died of “natural” causes and a disregard for her own well-being, the LA County coroner said today. The 30-year-old diabetic hadn’t been taking her insulin or other medications, hadn’t been exercising, and hadn’t been following the strict diet doctors prescribed for her. The official... More »

Brittany Murphy Autopsy: Cause of Death 'Deferred'

Final report must await toxicology test results

(Newser) - Brittany Murphy's autopsy is complete, but the LA county coroner's office won't determine an official cause of death until after the completion of toxicology tests, which could take as long as 2 months. The 32-year-old actress, who died yesterday after suffering cardiac arrest, was bleeding internally before her death, a... More »

Annie Le Strangled: Autopsy

(Newser) - Connecticut's state medical examiner says Yale University grad student Annie Le died of traumatic asphyxiation, meaning she was strangled. Dr. Wayne Carver's office released a short statement about the autopsy today, three days after 24-year-old Le was found hidden inside the basement wall of a Yale medical school research building.... More »

Jackson Autopsy Results Delayed Indefinitely

(Newser) - The Los Angeles County coroner's office has delayed the release of Michael Jackson's autopsy results indefinitely after meeting with police investigators, the Los Angeles Times reports. Officials, who earlier said that the results would probably be out next week, now say they have no idea when they will be made... More »

Coroner Delays Release of Jackson Autopsy

(Newser) - The Los Angeles County coroner's office says release of Michael Jackson's autopsy results will be delayed. Officials had said they planned to make the reports public this week, but Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter said today the announcement will probably not come until next week. Winter did not discuss reasons... More »

DEA Hits Jacko Doc's Office

(Newser) - A task force of federal drug-enforcement agents, Los Angeles detectives, and local police raided the Houston offices of Michael Jackson’s personal doctor today, ABC News reports. Sources say a search warrant was obtained based on preliminary autopsy results linking Jackson’s death to an anesthetic used only in hospitals.... More »

Questions Linger in Wake of Memorial

How much it will cost? Where is his body? And what caused his death?

(Newser) - Fans are donating to the city of Los Angeles in an effort to defray the cost of Michael Jackson’s memorial, E! reports. The final total is still in the works, and some famous friends and corporate sponsors are rumored to have donated generously. More from the aftermath:
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