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What does it mean to die of natural causes? What happens?

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Dr. William Goldsmith
Critical Care
3 doctors agree

In brief: Usually unexplained

To die of natural causes usually implies that no artificial cause, accident, homicide, etc, or that no obvious disease process was the cause of death.
Usually in this case, the deceased may have died at home or outside of the medical system and no other obvious cause is identified. Most likely death is due to a fatal abnormal heart rhythm.

In brief: Usually unexplained

To die of natural causes usually implies that no artificial cause, accident, homicide, etc, or that no obvious disease process was the cause of death.
Usually in this case, the deceased may have died at home or outside of the medical system and no other obvious cause is identified. Most likely death is due to a fatal abnormal heart rhythm.
Dr. William Goldsmith
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
2 doctors agree

In brief: A term for lawyers

As a pathologist, i must certify manner of death as (1) homicide (someone did something to cause the death of another); (2) suicide (the person's willed self-destructive act set in motion the events leading to death); (3) accident (a mishap, rather than illness, set the fatal chain in motion); (4) natural (i.
e., disease); (5) undetermined (i cannot tell).

In brief: A term for lawyers

As a pathologist, i must certify manner of death as (1) homicide (someone did something to cause the death of another); (2) suicide (the person's willed self-destructive act set in motion the events leading to death); (3) accident (a mishap, rather than illness, set the fatal chain in motion); (4) natural (i.
e., disease); (5) undetermined (i cannot tell).
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Dr. Gutti Rao
Internal Medicine - Hospital-based practice

In brief: Due to disease

Natural causes are due to normal aging process or diseases as opposed to violent deaths like a suicide or homicide( these are unnatural causes).

In brief: Due to disease

Natural causes are due to normal aging process or diseases as opposed to violent deaths like a suicide or homicide( these are unnatural causes).
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