What Happens To Your Body After You Die?

Clinical death occurs when vital functions cease and the brain stops receiving oxygen. As blood circulation halts, the body turns pale, a condition called pallor mortis. And at around eight hours after death, algor mortis—a rapid cooling of the body—sets in.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. Cells continue to generate carbon dioxide even after the body stops breathing and receiving oxygen. 00:18

  2. Microbes that attack dead human tissue produce more than 400 gases and chemicals. 00:47

  3. Once a body is decomposed, it returns its nutrients to the soil, where plants and other living things thrive off of them. 01:31

Written by Curiosity Staff December 19, 2014

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