Funerary urn with ashes of dead and flowers at funeral. Burial urn decorated with flowers and people mourning in background at memorial service, sad and grieving last farewell to deceased person.

To me, death has never been taboo. It’s something a lot of us think about but never speak on. Death is a topic some people prefer not to discuss, but we cannot escape it. Nobody has ever managed to escape it.

People die every single day, which isn’t a fun thing to talk about. That’s why we have to live every day as if it were our last. According to the CDC, the average age of death in North Carolina is 78.1 years old as of 2019.

It may not be pleasant, but it is a part of life. I think you will enjoy this list if you are a morbid person, just like me. The following is a list of North Carolina’s leading causes of death. All 2020 data are final. 2020 birth data come from the National Vital Statistics System (NVSS) via CDC WONDER; 2020 death data, including leading causes of death, firearm mortality, homicide, drug overdose mortality, and infant mortality, come from the NVSS via CDC WONDER and rankings and rates are based on 2020 age-adjusted death rates. You can see more on deaths in North Carolina here. Check out the list and see what the number one cause of death in North Carolina is. Take care, my friends.

  • 10. Influenza/Pneumonia

    Protect yourself and you can see more on Influenza/Pneumonia in North Carolina here.

    Kleenex Box Plastic Bag Dispensers

  • 9. Kidney Disease

    You can see more on kidney-related deaths here.


  • 8. Diabetes

    You can see more on diabetes here.

  • 7. Alzheimer’s

    This disease is such an awful thing. I cry every time since my significant other lost his grandmother to this disease. You can see more on Alzheimer’s in North Carolina and the death rate here.

  • 6. Chronic Lower Respiratory Diseases

    These are deaths from various lung diseases including asthma, chronic bronchitis, and emphysema. You can see more on chronic lower respiratory diseases here.


  • 5. Stroke

    You can see more on stroke-related deaths here.


  • 4. Accidents

    You can see more on accidental deaths here.

  • 3. COVID-19

    You can see more on how to protect yourself against COVID-19 in North Carolina here.

  • 2. Cancer

    My mother actually passed away from her battle with cancer. You can see more about cancer in North Carolina here.


    Cancer treatment in a modern medical private clinic or hospital with a linear accelerator. Professional doctors team working while the woman is undergoing radiation therapy for cancer

  • 1. Heart Disease

    Heart disease, a common cause of death in North Carolina, is caused by the narrowing of blood vessels in the heart, a condition linked with high blood pressure and cholesterol. Heart disease can be treated by improving your diet, exercising, and understanding your risk factors. You can see more on heart disease deaths in North Carolina here.

    heart man holding it


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