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In medicine, death by natural causes is a loosely-defined term used by coroners describing death when the cause of death was a naturally occurring disease process, or is not apparent given medical history or circumstances. Thus, deaths caused by active human intervention (as opposed to the failure of medical intervention to prevent death) are excluded from this definition, and are described as unnatural deaths.
The large majority of deaths in most countries are due to natural causes, and the majority of those deaths occur in old age.
In the United States for example, the most common natural cause of death is heart disease, accounting for 30% of all deaths. Other common natural causes are cancer, stroke, Alzheimer's disease, congenital anomalies, genetic disorders (such as cystic fibrosis), serious infections, and respiratory disorders (figures as of the year 2000).
Originally posted by warpboost
I'd venture to guess it's because most people who die from natural causes or even a medical condition, disease do so in a hospital, nursing or convalescent home or even their own not walking down the street or laying on a beach. You do hear about people being found dead various places occasionally but I think most of the time it's not in a public place.