Every year in the United States, more than 2.8 million people die.
That averages out to about 7,800 deaths per day.
Los Angeles sees around 150-170 deaths a day. The coroner makes public only about 10 to 32 deaths a day — mostly suicides, homicides, and fatalities from traffic accidents. The disclosure is required by California law.
MANNER OF DEATH in the medical examiner’s report can be:
– Natural – Accident – Suicide – Homicide – Undetermined
Deaths resulting from drug overdoses are usually classified as accidents. These are abuse of fentanyl, cocaine, heroin, PCP, etc. (One can argue that many of these deaths are actually suicides.)
The determination of a drug overdose may take as long as 6 months if extensive toxicology tests are ordered by the medical examiner.
Top killers in L.A. County are stroke and cancer — lung, colorectal, and breast. The leading cause of death is still heart disease.
In 2009, the lowest overall death rate (344 deaths per 100,000 population) was among Asian women, while the highest overall rate was among black men (1,083 deaths per 100,000 population).
Among cohorts, it’s white men who commit suicide the most.
L.A. sees about 5-6 homeless people die every day, primarily from drug overdoses, mostly fentanyl. Government officials call them PEH (people experiencing homelessness).
Any death before the age of 75 is considered a premature death. Old people don’t have to worry that much about being murdered, but homicide is the second leading cause of death for Angelenos under 75.