The death rattle is commonly used to describe the chilling sound made by an individual very near death.

It occurs after loss of the cough reflex and loss of the ability to swallow.

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What is the death rattle?

The Death Rattle is an ominous sound that generally describes a patient with lungs that are filling up with fluid. The death rattle is produced by passing air through secretions.

Death rattle sound starts @ 13:00…

Death rattle occurs in 23 to 92% of people who are dying. The cause of death rattle remains unproven but is presumed to be due to an accumulation of secretions in the airways.

Listen to a longer record of death rattle!

OMG, that sound of death is really creepy!

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