Will one die from rocky mountain spotted fever?

A few people do die. Rocky mountain spotted fever (rmsf) is a rickettsia (type of bacteria) infection transmitted by a tick bite. Symptoms start in 1 week (2-14day range). The germ attacks the cells lining the small blood vessels throughout the body, causing multi-organ damage and sometimes death. Death rate is uncertain, but may be about one out of 30 patients. Some patients do worse than others.
If treatment begins. Within several days, mortality is quite low but deaths certainly do occur when the infection is not recognized quickly.