AIBU to question why they put "Died of old age" on Prince Philip's death certificate?

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SolarLightxoxo Wed 05-May-21 06:27:36

I mean everyone dies of something surely? It's not like you come to a certain age and you just drop dead.

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Bluntness100 Wed 05-May-21 06:29:34

There’s many articles on this, no single disease his body just declined and gave up, we don’t live forever and he was nearly 100.

Aroundtheworldin80moves Wed 05-May-21 06:31:16

He was 99.
It was probably many little things adding up.

LaurieFairyCake Wed 05-May-21 06:32:01

Seems fair to me (you're allowed if they're over 80 and there's no single cause)

It's better than putting heart failure when he had a procedure a month before death - and the resulting intrusion into the doctors/hospital etc

OlympicProcrastinator Wed 05-May-21 06:32:33

It's not like you come to a certain age and you just drop dead

Errrm yes you do! If you make it to a certain age without any disease or illness your heart will eventually simply slow done then stop altogether. That’s ‘dying of old age’.

HercwasanEnemyofEducation Wed 05-May-21 06:33:06

There literally is such a thing of getting so old your body dies of old age. Of course it just gives up with no specific cause.

Quincie Wed 05-May-21 06:34:10

DMIL had the same - she was 95. But had been fit to the end. But gradually frailer - do they need an autopsy to see which organ failed first? Don't see how they could assign it to one reason otherwise.

Sparklingbrook Wed 05-May-21 06:34:51

What would you like it to say?

Iknowtheanswer Wed 05-May-21 06:36:34

We used to see old age as a cause of death onoads of death certificates, then I think the guidance changed and doctors were advised to be more specific.

Where someone is in their late 90s/early 100s, however, old age will be an accurate cause of death. Everything just stops working.

OneCalamerra Wed 05-May-21 06:46:19

Yes you absolutely do get to a certain age and then drop dead. He was nearly 100. Eventually lots of different systems stop working properly, and the body can’t function properly. What age that is will vary for different people.

Phillipa12 Wed 05-May-21 06:47:38

My mum died of old age. She needed a post mortem to ascertain death as she literally dropped down dead, his conclusion was old age as he could find nothing had gone medically wrong with her, she was 68.

RickiTarr Wed 05-May-21 06:48:08

Surely it’s just a case that the body eventually loses its ability to heal and regenerate?

burritofan Wed 05-May-21 06:48:44

How does this affect you, OP?

Charley50 Wed 05-May-21 06:49:03

I would have liked my mum's death certificate to say that, as her body just basically stopped working due to old age. But they put stroke and heart condition etc on it. I think it's unusual for it to state old age as the reason.

JayAlfredPrufrock Wed 05-May-21 06:49:58

I think it’s probably the best thing to die of.

GlassBoxSpectacular Wed 05-May-21 06:51:00

It's not like you come to a certain age and you just drop dead.

So unless you catch a disease/develop an illness, you’ll live indefinitely?

GlassBoxSpectacular Wed 05-May-21 06:51:13


How does this affect you, OP?

I don’t understand your

GlassBoxSpectacular Wed 05-May-21 06:52:15

Ooops posted too soon!

I don’t understand that question: can people not wonder about things that don’t directly affect them? confused

MissTrip82 Wed 05-May-21 06:53:02

The alternative would be to do invasive tests when an extremely old person deteriorates, or to do an autopsy.

I can’t see the problem, the man was nearly 100.

hamstersarse Wed 05-May-21 06:53:23

Mind boggling op

I’ve heard it all don’t die of old age?!? 🤣

iloveeverykindofcat Wed 05-May-21 06:54:22

Well yeah, technically there's always a 'final cause' of death. But if you think about what aging actually is you can see it as a sort of accumulation of small errors - when cells copy themselves they don't do it perfectly, so over time more and more mistakes creep in, until finally the system is overwhelmed. In my layman's understanding that's what death from old age is. Some people age more slowly than others depending on the rate of cell replication and number and severity of the errors. Biologists feel free to correct if totally wrong.

the80sweregreat Wed 05-May-21 06:55:38

My mils one says this too. She was 93.

Quartz2208 Wed 05-May-21 07:00:49

Yep my Nan (died last year in Jan before COVID at 90) had it as the top cause of death on her certificate along with a number of other ailments (including from memory a couple of infections) that had her body not been so worn down due to age she would have survived.

ThatIsMyPotato Wed 05-May-21 07:01:50

They often put Old Age on death certs.

BeaLola Wed 05-May-21 07:06:44

If you are 80 plus Old Age is accepted as a cause of death on a death certificate

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