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The 5 Worst Places to Die in the World

'The Economist' ranks end-of-life care

(Newser) - There's no avoiding death—but some places are "better" places to die than others. The Economist looked at 80 countries and ranked them for "quality of death," looking at factors including the overall palliative care and healthcare environment, the availability and training of healthcare professionals, the... More »

Baby Chokes to Death After Mom Dies During Feeding

Freak tragedy uncovered in Hollywood

(Newser) - A tragedy in Hollywood has left a woman and her 1-year-old son dead and a 2-year-old hospitalized in critical condition. Police say the woman likely collapsed three days ago while feeding her baby, who then choked to death on some food, KTLA reports. Their bodies weren't found until Monday.... More »

High Schooler Dies After Football Injury

Kenny Bui was hurt on Friday

(Newser) - A Seattle high school football player who was injured during a game last week has died. Highline Public Schools spokeswoman Catherine Carbone Rogers says Kenny Bui died late Monday morning. Bui was injured during the fourth quarter on Friday. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle where he... More »

Mom Trying to Help Crash Victim Plunges to Own Death

SC's Jessica Smith apparently misjudged how high bridge was

(Newser) - A South Carolina family is burying its second family member in two months and a 9-year-old boy is left without a mom after a 29-year-old Good Samaritan fell to her death while trying to help an injured truck driver, WYFF reports. "Heartbroken and empty" is how Hope Smith describes... More »

Here's What Creates the Unique Smell of Human Death

New findings could help train better cadaver dogs

(Newser) - Thanks to a team of researchers from Belgium, we may be close to synthesizing and, yes, possibly even bottling and selling the smell of human death, Discovery reports. Eva Cuypers and her team at the University of Leuven separated the tissues and organs of six humans and 26 different animals,... More »

This Year, Selfies Are Deadlier Than Sharks

They've caused 12 deaths, compared to 8 from sharks

(Newser) - With the recent death of a tourist at the Taj Mahal , 2015's selfie-related death toll sits at 12—compared to just eight people who have been killed by sharks this year, Mashable reports. "It sounds like a joke, but unfortunately it isn't," writes Cailey Rizzo. The... More »

Dead Autistic Teen Left on Hot Bus for 9 Hours: Family

Hun Joon Lee died on one of S. California's hottest days of the summer

(Newser) - The family of a severely autistic teen found dead on a school bus says he may have been left there for up to nine hours on Friday, one of Southern California's hottest days of the summer, Fox News reports. The mother of Hun Joon Lee, a 19-year-old special needs... More »

FBI on the Case of Woman Who Fell Off Cruise Ship

The 59-year-old reportedly went overboard while sailing to Bar Harbor, Maine

(Newser) - The US Coast Guard says the FBI is investigating after the body of a woman who fell off a cruise ship was pulled from waters off the coast of Massachusetts. The Portland Press Herald reports the Massachusetts Medical Examiner's Office plans to perform an autopsy on the 59-year-old's... More »

Cop Who Nabbed 4K Drunk Drivers May Have Lost Daughter to One

Dan Shragal says he now has more motivation than ever

(Newser) - Dan Shragal of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department has made almost 4,000 DUI arrests during his career, but one suspected drunk driver he couldn't stop will probably haunt him for the rest of his life. Shragal, 48, was working a DUI checkpoint on Aug. 22 when his phone... More »

New Test Can Predict When You'll Die

'Gene signature' can be used to predict onset of diseases

(Newser) - "Health" and "age" are two distinct concepts, and no matter how old you are chronologically, a simple blood test can help determine what King's College London researchers call your "biological age"—which may be able to predict your longevity, the BBC reports. A study published... More »

In China, Some Drivers Hit to Kill

It costs less money to pay for a funeral than a lifetime of care

(Newser) - In the US, hit-and-runs are not only frowned upon, they're often prosecuted if the perpetrator is caught. In China, hitting and running from the scene leaves open the possibility of being responsible for a lifetime of medical bills, so some drivers who hit then throw the car in reverse... More »

Vatican Envoy Accused of Sex Abuse Is Dead

Jozef Wesolowski was to be first high-ranking official tried for such crimes

(Newser) - Jozef Wesolowski will never see his day in court. The 67-year-old ex-envoy for the Vatican to the Dominican Republic, who was awaiting trial on charges of sexually abusing children there, died today of apparent natural causes, the Vatican reports via the AP . His body was found in the room at... More »

WWII Tank Crushes Man at Jelly Belly Chief's Home

Herman Rowland's son-in-law had permission to drive tank

(Newser) - A 54-year-old man was killed after being run over by a World War II-era tank over the weekend, but he wasn't on any kind of battlefield. Kevin Wright was attending a family reunion at the Fairfield, Calif., home of Jelly Belly Chairman Herman Rowland Sr. on Saturday when he... More »

You Can Spend Eternity on the Moon ... for $12K

Company plans to start sending up capsules with ashes

(Newser) - We've entered the age of a new space race, only this time it's between companies hoping to send the cremated remains of your loved ones to the moon, where they'll spend eternity with Buzz Aldrin's footprints and that flag from MTV. This week, San Francisco-based Elysium... More »

5-Year-Old Lost Chasing Grasshoppers Turns Up Dead

Jerold Williams vanished in Kaibab National Forest Aug. 6

(Newser) - The search for a missing 5-year-old boy in Arizona has come to a tragic end. The Coconino County Sheriff's Office has confirmed on Facebook that the body of Jerold Joseph Williams was found last night in Kaibab National Forest, where he disappeared while camping last Thursday. Police tell NBC... More »

Want to Live Longer? Add Chili Peppers to Your Diet

The study analyzed more than 485K people

(Newser) - People who like a little heat in their meals just might be doing their longevity a favor. So report researchers this week in the British Medical Journal after studying the health, diets, and alcohol consumption of more than 485,000 people in China. Controlling for many variables, including family medical... More »

Inside the Story of Colorado's First 'Legal Pot' Death

The teen had no other drug in his system when he jumped to his death

(Newser) - There's a saying in the health care world: dose matters. It certainly did in the case of 19-year-old Levy Thamba, a native of the Democratic Republic of the Congo who was studying at Wyoming's Northwest College. While in Denver with friends on spring break in March of 2014,... More »

Music Streaming Pioneer Found Dead in Bed

Grooveshark co-founder Josh Greenberg 'looked like he was sleeping,' mom says

(Newser) - The co-founder of an online music streaming service has mysteriously died just months after the company was forced to shut down, the Gainesville Sun reports. Josh Greenberg, who helped start Grooveshark in 2006 and inspired fellow startup pioneers, was found dead by his girlfriend last night in Gainesville, Fla. His... More »

Singer's Teen Son Dies in Cliff Fall

Arthur Cave found at the bottom of a 60-foot cliff in UK

(Newser) - The 15-year-old son of Australian singer Nick Cave, of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, has died after falling from a 60-foot cliff in the UK. Passersby came across Arthur Cave with life-threatening injuries yesterday on a path at the foot of the Ovingdean Gap in Brighton, about three miles... More »

Another Man Dies After Shooting Firework Off Body

At least 4 killed by fireworks during Fourth of July celebrations

(Newser) - Another man is dead after reportedly shooting a firework off his own body, this time in Texas. Postal worker Justin Bartek, 30, was setting off fireworks with friends along the Colorado River in Columbus early yesterday when he put a Medieval Knight, a large, tube-shaped firework, on his chest and... More »

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