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Mr. Praline: 'E's not pinin'! 'E's passed on! This parrot is no more! He has ceased to be! 'E's expired and gone to meet 'is maker! 'E's a stiff! Bereft of life, 'e rests in peace! If you hadn't nailed 'im to the perch 'e'd be pushing up the daisies! 'Is metabolic processes are now 'istory! 'E's off the twig! 'E's kicked the bucket, 'e's shuffled off 'is mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin' choir invisibile!! THIS IS AN EX-PARROT!!

"The Dead Parrot Sketch" Monty Python

Basic Information

Death is the end of all your biological functions. It encompasses the concepts of Clinical Death, Legal Death and Brain Death. The more our medical science and technology advances, the harder it is to put a definition on exactly when death occurs. Death becomes less of a condition or event, and more of a process.

It is estimated that 150,000 people die every day.

Causes of Death:

Signs of death:

Strong indications that a person is no longer alive are:

  • Pallor mortis, paleness which happens almost instantaneously (in the 15–120 minutes after the death)
  • Algor mortis, the reduction in body temperature following death. This is generally a steady decline until matching ambient temperature
  • Rigor mortis, the limbs of the corpse become stiff (Latin rigor) and difficult to move or manipulate
  • Livor mortis, a settling of the blood in the lower (dependent) portion of the body
  • Decomposition, the reduction into simpler forms of matter
  • Ceasing respiration, the body no longer metabolizes

See also Vital Signs

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