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Sheryl Sandberg's Husband 'Cracked Head Open' at Gym

Dave Goldberg died after falling off treadmill at resort, sources say

(Newser) - A Silicon Valley entrepreneur and champion of women's rights who died unexpectedly Friday passed away from head trauma after falling off a treadmill, the New York Times reports. Dave Goldberg, 47, was exercising at a gym in a private resort in Mexico, according to a source close to the... More »

Cops: We Should've Gotten Freddie Gray Help Faster

6 cops on leave in Baltimore amid investigation

(Newser) - Baltimore police have suspended six officers with pay as part of a probe into the death of Freddie Gray, who a lawyer claims had his spinal cord severed in police custody. At a press conference yesterday, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said she was "frustrated" by a lack of information,... More »

Lawyer: Man Dies After Spine Severed in Police Custody

Family lawyer says Freddie Gray died from spinal injury after cop encounter

(Newser) - The family lawyer of a Baltimore man who died yesterday says his spine was 80% severed at his neck while in police custody, NBC News reports. The death of Freddie Gray (variously reported as 25 or 27) is raising red flags due to a lack of details and a gap... More »

The Inspirational Lauren Hill Dies After Cancer Battle

19-year-old who played for Mount St. Joseph died today

(Newser) - Lauren Hill, the terminally ill Mount St. Joseph basketball player for whom the NCAA moved up her school's season opener , died today at the age of 19, the AP reports. Brooke Desserich, the co-founder of Hill's The Cure Starts Now nonprofit, tells the news agency Hill died in... More »

Family: Dad, 7 Kids Died After Power Cut Off

They were poisoned by carbon monoxide from generator: relatives

(Newser) - A father and his seven children were found dead inside their Maryland home yesterday, likely poisoned by carbon monoxide from a generator running after the home's electricity was turned off, relatives say. The man's supervisor in food service at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore visited the Princess... More »

Cops: No Sign of Foul Play in Getty Heir's Death

But oil heir reportedly found half-naked with blunt-force trauma

(Newser) - The death of 47-year-old oil heir Andrew Getty doesn't appear to have been the result of foul play, the Los Angeles Times reports. An LAPD spokesman says that while it's "very, very early in the investigation ... this does not appear immediately to be a criminal act."... More »

Dentist Charged After Woman Flat-Lines in Chair, Dies

Rashmi Patel charged with criminally negligent homicide

(Newser) - A woman who went to the dentist for a tooth extraction ended up dying after flat-lining in his chair, and now the Connecticut dentist has been charged with criminally negligent homicide in her death. Judith Gan, 64, went into Rashmi Patel's office on Feb. 17 of last year for... More »

Keep Facebook Kicking After You Kick the Bucket

Site now lets users pick 'legacy contact' to maintain their page after they die

(Newser) - If you can't bear the thought of your digital footprint stagnating once you're 6 feet under, there's a new security setting that US Facebook users are able to tap into starting today: managing what happens to your page when you die. After a yearlong project of gathering... More »

Indiana Bill Would Allow Dead People to Vote

Current law nullifies their absentee ballots

(Newser) - Just because your heart's not beating shouldn't mean your vote doesn't count, according to lawmakers in Indiana. The House Elections Committee in the state is considering changing a law that nullifies absentee ballots cast by voters who die before Election Day, reports the AP . Rep. Matt Pierce... More »

Why 'Death Cafes' Have Gone Global

People worldwide get together to talk human mortality

(Newser) - People around the world are meeting over tea and cakes to talk about death—in surprisingly lighthearted ways. Created by a Swiss sociologist, so-called "death cafes" are designed to give people a positive atmosphere in which to discuss all matters surrounding human mortality, Prospect Magazine reports. The concept has... More »

Student Hits Pedestrian in Fatal Fall From Window

Freshman Rebecca Kim died after fall from 8th-floor dorm window

(Newser) - A visit with two male friends at their Art Institute of Philadelphia dorm ended tragically last night for a Temple University student after she fell to her death from an eighth-floor window, CBS Philly reports. "It is with great sadness that I inform you of the death of Rebecca... More »

Boyfriend Charged 8 Months After Prom Date's Death

Suspect's mom allegedly provided drugs, booze for her son and Jacqueline Gomez

(Newser) - The boyfriend of 17-year-old Jacqueline Gomez, who was found dead in a Houston hotel room the morning after her May 16 prom, has been charged with aggravated assault in connection with her death, KHOU reports. Police say Eddie Herrera, 18, told them that he and Jacqueline drank alcohol together on... More »

Man Stranded in Outback Dies a Mile From Safety

Unidentified Aussie walked nearly 29 miles after car quit

(Newser) - An Australian man is dead after walking nearly 29 miles on a steaming hot, lonely Outback road. The unidentified 60-year-old and a female companion were driving to the Windidda Station cattle ranch near the remote town of Wiluna when their car broke down on Sunday, police say. The pair camped... More »

Man, Wife Die Hours Apart After 72-Year Marriage

Louise and Robert Bain died the day after Christmas

(Newser) - A Georgia couple died mere hours apart last month, ending a 72-year relationship that may embody values "of an era long gone by," the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Louise Bain, 90, drew her last breath on a hospital bed beside her husband, 92-year-old Robert Bain, on the day after... More »

Cancer Is the 'Best Death'

Dr. Richard Smith argues it's the best way to go

(Newser) - If you exclude suicide, by Dr. Richard Smith's count there are four ways to die: sudden death, organ failure, dementia, and cancer. In a blog post for the British Medical Journal , which he edited until 2004, Smith picks cancer as the way he'd like to go—and notes... More »

Mystery Shopper's Death Is a Mystery

Police have no leads in Marjorie Hillerman case

(Newser) - Mystery is swirling around the death of a mystery shopper earlier this month in the San Francisco Bay area. Marjorie Hillerman, 61, of Mesa, Ariz., was "one of the best in the business," as NBC Bay Area puts it, that business being mystery shopping; some colleagues called her... More »

Euthanasia Doctors Visit ... Auschwitz?

Ultraorthodox Jews in Antwerp have called the physician a 'professional killer'

(Newser) - Wim Distelmans, a Belgian doctor who helps people die and has been nicknamed "Dr. Death," is raising eyebrows again with a trip he recently led to Auschwitz. The doctors, nurses, and psychologists who joined him from Brussels, most of whom also work in the field of euthanasia, were... More »

Ferguson Cops Investigate Man's 'Suspicious' Death

More National Guard troops will arrive today following 61 arrests

(Newser) - St. Louis police are investigating a "suspicious" death in Ferguson, Mo., after police chief Jon Belmar described a riot-like scene overnight . The body of a young black male was discovered this morning in a burned-out white Pontiac parked in a driveway near the spot where Michael Brown was killed,... More »

Family: Mom Sacrificed Her Life to Save Her Son

Karisa Bugal suffered rare complication

(Newser) - She could have chosen a different route that might have saved her own life, but Karisa Bugal made a choice that ultimately saved her unborn son. The 34-year-old Colorado woman died Nov. 4 shortly after giving birth to Declan Jay, after suffering a rare amniotic fluid embolism, KUSA reports. Doctors... More »

Working Kills 54K Americans Each Year

11 people die every day on the job; thousands more die from getting sick there

(Newser) - If you've ever muttered under your breath, "This $%&* job is seriously going to kill me," you might actually be right. An average of 11 US workers die every day (yes, every single day) on the job, and another 50,000 or so die each year... More »

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