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Statue of Death, personified as a human skeleton dressed in a shroud and clutching a scythe, from the Cathedral of Trier in Trier, Germany

Death is the cessation of all biological functions that sustain a living organism. Phenomena which commonly bring about death include aging, predation, malnutrition, disease, suicide, homicide, starvation, dehydration, and accidents or trauma resulting in terminal injury. In most cases, bodies of living organisms begin to decompose shortly after death.

Death – particularly the death of humans – has commonly been considered a sad or unpleasant occasion, due to the affection for the being that has died and the termination of social and familial bonds with the deceased. Other concerns include fear of death, necrophobia, anxiety, sorrow, grief, emotional pain, depression, sympathy, compassion, solitude, or saudade. Many cultures and religions have the idea of an afterlife, and also hold the idea of reward or judgement and punishment for past sin.

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Illustration of the Black Death from the Toggenburg Bible (1411)
The Black Death was one of the deadliest pandemics in human history, peaking in Europe between 1348 and 1350. It is widely thought to have been an outbreak of bubonic plague caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis, but this view has recently been challenged. Usually thought to have started in Central Asia, it had reached the Crimea by 1346 and from there, probably carried by fleas residing on the black rats that were regular passengers on merchant ships, it spread throughout the Mediterranean and Europe. The Black Death is estimated to have killed 30% to 60% of Europe's population, reducing the world's population from an estimated 450 million to between 350 and 375 million in 1400. This has been seen as creating a series of religious, social and economic upheavals which had profound effects on the course of European history. It took 150 years for Europe's population to recover. The plague returned at various times, resulting in a larger number of deaths, until it left Europe in the 19th century.

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"All Is Vanity" (1892) by C. Allan Gilbert, reminding us that beauty is only transient in light of our mortality.

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  • April 23: 28-year-old Swedish electronic dance music artist Avicii dies in Oman
  • March 28: K-pop band 100%'s lead singer Seo Minwoo dies
  • March 24: Charles Lazarus, founder of US-based toy retail giant Toys 'R' Us, dies at 94
  • March 17: British scientist Stephen Hawking dies aged 76
  • March 13: Pixar Studios animator Bud Luckey, designer of Toy Story's Woody, dies aged 83
  • February 12: Former Irish footballer Liam Miller dies at 36

Disasters and accidents

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  • May 20: Hawaii's Kīlauea volcano releases ash plumes to 30,000 feet, prompting aviation alerts
  • April 10: Deadly fire below US President's Trump Tower residence
  • April 8: Thirteen-year-old boy in Los Angeles, California thanks city personnel for rescue from sewage pipe
  • March 21: Uber suspends self-driving car program after pedestrian death in Arizona, United States
  • March 7: Winter storm fells US President George Washington's tree at Mount Vernon estate, Virginia
  • February 24: Bus crash in Ocoña District of Peru costs over 40 lives

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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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