Most people in Arizona die from the same causes as residents in other states -- heart disease, cancer, stroke...
However, there are some ways to die in Arizona that are more common or pretty much exclusive to the state. We bring you 10 of the most stereotypical ways to die in Arizona:
10.) In Sun City
Well, duh. More than 60,000 people live in the retirement communities northwest of Phoenix.
9.) Heat Stroke/Hyperthermia
8.) Falling into the Grand Canyon
Watch your step!
7.) Crushed by a Cactus
At least one person has actually died from a falling cactus. Cacti have seriously injured others, including a Yuma man who was crushed by a 16-footer in 2012.
6.) Waiting for the Arizona Cardinals to Win a Super Bowl
The Cardinals hold the longest championship drought in the NFL, dating back to the Chicago Cardinals' win over the Philadelphia Eagles in the 1947 NFL Championship Game.
5.) Doing Bath Salts/Meth
It's not the drugs that kill, it's the decisions people make -- or don't make -- while they're on 'em.
4.) In a Duel
Just like old times, wannabe cowboys and tough-guys still pull guns on one another to this day, one such event occurred recently at a Walmart in a Phoenix suburb.
3.) Rattlesnake Bite
History shows that a fatal snake bite in Arizona only happens every two or three years, but that doesn't make anyone want to hang out with a rattlesnake.
2.) Scorpion Bite
The most poisonous of all scorpions is, of course, the Arizona bark scorpion. However the last death-by-scorpion in Arizona was back in 2002, according to the state health department..
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There have actually been several copycat suicides reported of people driving into the Grand Canyon. (Minor detail: Although it's supposed to be the Grand Canyon as far as the plot's concerned, the scene was actually filmed at Dead Horse Point in Utah).
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