Table 1

Causes of death of 341 African Americans autopsied in the coroner/medical examiner office.1

Causes of Death

Subjects, n

Percentage


Homicide

130

38.1

Natural Cause

107

31.4

Accident

90

26.4

Unknown

7

2.1

Suicide

5

1.5

Not Stated

2

0.6


1Chronic alcoholism was listed for 15 subjects (the respective cause of death in each subject was ruled to be "natural cause"). Two subjects were reported to have diabetes mellitus; one had grade 3 hepatocyte and grade 1 Kupffer cell iron. No subject was reported to have iron overload, hemochromatosis, heritable or acquired forms of anemia, or treatment with erythrocyte transfusion.

Barton et al. BMC Clinical Pathology 2005 5:2   doi:10.1186/1472-6890-5-2

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