Americans Die of Different Things at Different Ages
Most Americans will live into old age and finally die of heart disease. Jennifer, our Typical American, will likely live into her mid-70s. Americans die of different things at different ages. So, if a child dies in the US before the age of one, the leading cause of death is a birth defect. From the age of 1 until we hit the age of 44, motor vehicle accidents and other unintentional injuries are the leading killers. From 45 to 64, it's cancer. And after age 65 heart disease rises to become the #1 killer of Americans.