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This Is What Exactly Happens When You Die, and No, This Isn’t Some ‘Life After Death’ Explainer

Death is something none of us can escape from. In fact, an average of 100 people die each minute. But, what exactly happens when you die?

Death is something none of us can escape from. In fact, an average of 100 people die each minute. But, what exactly happens when you die? I know, we are constantly reminded of it often, and most of us would rather not think about what happens to our bodies after we die.

In human death (and in animals of course), the typical order of system failure starts with cessation of breathing and heartbeat. As a result, within few seconds of death, oxygenation of tissues stops and brain activity surges.

The neurons then cease functioning, and the brain stops secreting hormones which regulate different body functions, though some bodily functions may carry on for a few minutes as the remaining stores of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) – our major source of energy – are used up.

Well, I will let AsapSCIENCE explain the rest of the processes that occur to the final stages of decomposition. Watch the video below.

6 comments

  1. I’m not quite sure about how I feel seeing this video. It’s all very informative, yet so…cold. I am grateful for the information though. Truly, I am. But…

  2. an average of 100 people die each minute

    Seems like a gross understatement . Is this 14,400 people a day world wide ? I have heard 1 million people a day die just from starvation and malnutrition.

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