Surprising Statistics About the Ways People Die 

Jacob Shelton
Updated November 5, 2019 28.6k views 30 items

No matter who you are, you’re going to die. It’s a part of life that can’t be avoided, but the surprising causes of death that claim the most victims will definitely make you rethink everything you thought you knew. Blue Oyster Cult was right when they sang “Don’t Fear the Reaper,” but they should have amended their statement to say that you should fear things like working out too hard, vending machines, and going outside. Take a look at these surprising death statistics and try not to imagine yourself getting Final Destinationed by every one of these scenarios.

This list compiled so many weird causes of death that you’re going to start thinking twice before you visit the Grand Canyon or try to skitch on your way to school. Some of the statistics for how people die are kind of no-brainers, obviously people die from starvation and diabetes, but when you find out how many, you’re going to immediately start donating to UNICEF and watching your sugar intake for at least a couple of weeks. Don’t let these shocking death statistics freak you out, maybe you’ll be the one person who lives forever.

So what do you think the most surprising cause of death is? What isn’t as big of a deal as you thought it would be? Let us know in the comments, and be safe out there.
Falling Through Ice
In Minnesota, at least 4 people die every winter by falling through a sheet of ice into a lake.  
Autoerotic Asphyxiation
Nearly 1,000 people a year die from autoerotic asphyxiation.
High Speed Pursuits
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 300 bystanders and passengers are killed as a result of high speed police pursuits in America every year.
Vending Machines
Every year, 13 people die from vending machines falling on them
Falling TVs
As of 2011, 41 people a year (mostly children) are killed by falling televisions.
According to the New England Journal of Medicine, 1 in every 15,000 people who take part in vigorous exercise die every year from overexertion. If you do the math, that's about 20,000 people in the United States.  
In 2013, there were 8 deaths from either playing with lit fireworks or igniting fireworks while holding the device. 
Visiting the Grand Canyon
There are up to a dozen deaths at the Grand Canyon every year.
Hot Air Balloons
Since 1964, 70 people have died while hot air ballooning. 
Between 2001 and 2011, there were 634 reported  deaths from being tasered. 
In 2012, the Global Burden of Disease study found that overeating killed more than 3 million people worldwide annually. 
Structural Collapses
In India, 2,600 people die every year as a direct building collapse.
From 1990 to 1999, there were 11 recorded trampoline deaths.
In 2013, only 8 people in every million jumps ended in deaths, which breaks down to about 24.
Snake Bites
According to the CDC, only 5 people in the US die of snake bites per year. 
Carbon Monoxide
Carbon monoxide poisoning is responsible for 430 deaths in America per year. 
The Heat
Around 658 people have died from overexposure to the sun every year since 1999.
Alcohol Poisoning
Every day, about 6 people die from alcohol poisoning.
Every year, 3,000 people die from eating contaminated food
Not Eating
According to the United Nations, 21,000 people die every single day from hunger or hunger-related causes. 
Running Stop Signs
In a single year, 13,627 drivers were involved in fatal car accidents that resulted from not heeding stop signs.
Globally, 3.4 million people die every year from diabetes. 
Dog Attacks
In 2015, there were just 34 deaths caused by dog attacks. Good boys!
In America, over 40,000 people die from inflicting self harm every year. 
Between 2003 and 2013, there were 13,400 deaths from hypothermia in the US alone, breaking to over 1,000 annually.