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Death is the termination of the biological functions that define a living organism. It refers both to a particular event and to the condition that results thereby. The true nature of the latter has, for millennia, been a central concern of the world's religious traditions and of philosophical enquiry. Belief in some kind of afterlife or rebirth is a central aspect of many religious traditions. Within the scientific community, many suppose death to terminate mind or consciousness. The effect of physical death on any possible mind or soul remains for many an open question. Cognitive science has yet to explain the origin and nature of consciousness; any view about the existence or non-existence of consciousness after death remains speculative.

Humans and the vast majority of other animals die in due course from senescence. Remarkable exceptions include the hydra, and the jellyfish Turritopsis dohrnii, which is thought to possess in effect biological immortality.

Intervening phenomena which commonly bring about death earlier include malnutrition, disease, or accidents resulting in terminal physical injury. Predation is a cause of death for many species. Intentional human activity causing death includes suicide, homicide, and war. Roughly 150,000 people die each day across the globe. Death in the natural world can also occur as an indirect result of human activity: an increasing cause of species depletion in recent times has been destruction of ecosystems as a consequence of the widening spread of industrial technology.

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Jean-Paul Laurens, Le Pape Formose et Étienne VII, 1870.
The Cadaver Synod (also called the Cadaver Trial or, in Latin, the Synodus Horrenda) is the name commonly given to the posthumous ecclesiastical trial of Pope Formosus, held in the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome during January of 897.

Before the proceedings the body of Formosus was exhumed and, according to some sources, seated on a throne while his successor, Pope Stephen VI, read the charges against him (of which Formosus was found guilty) and conducted the trial. The Cadaver Synod is remembered as one of the most bizarre episodes in the history of the medieval papacy.

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Dance of Death Stained Glass
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Stained Glass window from Berne Muenster cathedral. This series of images represent death claiming people from all walks of life. These images were very common during the Black Death in Europe.

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Anniversaries of death

Obituaries

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  • April 3: Pop-artist James Rosenquist dies aged 83
  • February 3: DR Congo opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi dies
  • January 29: Black Sabbath ex-keyboardist Geoff Nicholls dies
  • January 18: Former NASA astronaut Eugene Cernan dies aged 82
  • January 11: Roman Herzog, former German president, dies aged 82
  • January 9: Former Irani president Rafsanjani dies, aged 82

Disasters and accidents

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  • April 23: Truck loses control in Andhra Pradesh, kills more than a dozen
  • March 21: 20 confirmed dead after Kintampo freak tree accident
  • January 26: Rescue helicopter crash kills six in Abruzzo, Italy
  • January 26: Official death toll from Nigerian refugee camp airstrike passes 100
  • January 25: UK Civil Aviation Authority issues update on Shoreham crash response
  • January 18: Nigerian jet attacks refugee camp, killing dozens

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"If we were sensible we would seek death — the same blissful blank which we enjoyed before we existed."

H. P. Lovecraft "Nietzscheism and Realism"
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