Death by natural causes

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Death by natural causes is often recorded on death records as the cause of a person's death. Death from natural causes might be old age, a heart attack, stroke, illness, or infection. Cancer is not considered a natural cause of death.[1]

By contrast, death caused by active intervention is known as unnatural death. The "unnatural" causes are usually given as accident (implying no unreasonable voluntary risk), misadventure (accident following a willful and dangerous risk, which can include drug or alcohol overdose), suicide, or homicide.[2] In some settings, other categories may be added. For example, a prison may track the deaths of inmates caused by acute intoxication separately.[3] Additionally, a cause of death can be recorded as "undetermined".[4]

References[change | change source]

  1. Stark, Martha (2000). A physician's guide to clinical forensic medicine. Totowa, NJ: Humana Press. p. 225. ISBN 0-89603-742-8. 
  2. Bryant, Clifton D. (2003). Handbook of death & dying. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications. p. 968. ISBN 0-7619-2514-7. 
  3. Stark, Martha (2000). A physician's guide to clinical forensic medicine. Totowa, NJ: Humana Press. p. 225. ISBN 0-89603-742-8. 
  4. Palmer, Brian (21 December 2009). "What, Exactly, Are "Natural Causes"?". Slate.com.