Causes of Death

A breakdown of how many high school-age and college-age Americans die each year from select causes. The highest number of young U.S. athletes to die from heart-related causes in a single year is 76.

  • Car accident: 11,015
  • Homicide: 5,717
  • Suicide: 4,189
  • Cancer: 1,644
  • Major cardiovascular diseases: 1,376
  • Drownings: 631
  • Drugs: 273
  • U.S. athletes, all causes: 120
  • U.S. athletes, cardiovascular: 76
  • NCAA athletes, all causes: 18
  • NCAA athletes, cardiovascular: 4

Source: 2014 American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Scientific Statement