Ke$ha’s new single “Die Young” is thrilling because she manages to balance out the song’s “carpe diem!” enthusiasm with a genuine sense of dread. Each time she sings the phrase “we’re gonna die young,” the possibility seems more real. It is, hands down, the most gleefully morbid party jam since Prince’s “1999.” (That song has more or less the same sentiment, but is a little less bleak.)
So, what if Ke$ha is right, and you’re going to die young? How will it go down? These are the most common causes of death for Americans between 15 and 24.
1. Car Accident
If you’re between 15 and 24, this is the most likely way you will die by a wide margin. This is notable because if you rank the Top 20 most likely deaths for everyone of all ages, it’s only Number 19.
A pretty staggering number of young people die as a result of some form of violence.
This is another cause of death that is disproportionately high for young people. It’s only Number 24 for people of all ages.
This only applies to unintentional poisonings, which include drug overdoses.
This includes a wide range of injuries, but is separate from those sustained from car accidents and acts of violence.
6. Endocrine Disorders
This applies to issues relating to anything in a person’s endocrine system.