Types of Death

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As crime scenes investigators, there are many different types of death that are investigated day in and day out. Some deaths are classified as natural, undetermined, accidental, suicidal or murder. Depending on the scene and classification, investigators will know how to handle each case. Also depending on the jurisdiction, the cases are investigated by medical examiners, medical examiner investigators or even special units dedicated for specific cases. This paper will explain the different types of deaths, how they are investigated and how they are caused.

Types of Death
As crime scenes investigators, there are many different types of death that are investigated day in and day out. Some deaths are classified as natural, undetermined, accidental, suicidal or murder. Depending on the scene and classification, investigators will know how to handle each case. Also depending on the jurisdiction, the cases are investigated by medical examiners, medical examiner investigators or even special units dedicated for specific cases. This paper will explain the different types of deaths, how they are investigated and how they are caused. What is a natural death?

Natural death by natural is a loosely defined term used by coroners to describe death when the cause was from a disease and there are no signs of violence, drug abuse or suicide. It is also classified as a natural death when the cause is unknown and/or the death is a result of illness . What are causes of natural death?

Causes of natural death may vary. Cancer is common, but there is also heart failure, incurable illness, untreated medical condition, sudden deaths, death in sleep, congenital anomalies, genetic disorders (such as cystic fibrosis), and cerebral problems. There are other causes of natural death including old age. Death from natural causes is the second leading cause of mortality in children over one year of age, following accidental death.

How are they investigated?
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