The following is a list of deaths for the HBO television series, Six Feet Under. Almost all episodes started with a person dying followed by a white screen with the name of the person along with his or her date of birth and death. Exceptions and variations are noted below.
↑At the end of the Ecotone episode, viewers learn that protagonist Nate Fisher has died, with his title card and dates displayed as the episode's final moment. Nate's death in this episode implicitly serves in place of the usual opening death for the following episode, All Alone, which does not open with a death or title card.
↑ 2.02.12.22.32.42.5The end of the August 21, 2005 series finale, Everyone's Waiting, flashes forward to each of the main characters' deaths, many of which do not show enough information for an actual cause of death to be determined. There is no opening death scene; instead, the episode opens with the birth of Nate and Brenda's daughter Willa. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Everyone's Waiting" defined multiple times with different contentCite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Everyone's Waiting" defined multiple times with different contentCite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Everyone's Waiting" defined multiple times with different contentCite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Everyone's Waiting" defined multiple times with different contentCite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Everyone's Waiting" defined multiple times with different content
↑On the DVD commentary for this episode, series creator Alan Ball quipped that Brenda was "finally talked to death by Billy"
With the exception of the series finale, the following deaths were not featured during the opening teaser sequence. The following are not counted in the Statistics tally.
Cause of Death
Year of Death
Nate has a flashback seeing his first cadaver.
Viewing where David breaks down
Body Nate picks up from nursing home
Federico is airbrushing her casket.
Unidentified Elderly Woman
Federico is embalming and washing her hair
Nate finds Mr. Jones dead after his wife's viewing
Nate drives the deceased's body from San Diego
David prepares the deceased's body for viewing
A Private Life
Unidentified Older Man
Taylor witnesses David and Rico embalming the deceased's body
Driving Mr. Mossback
Unidentified Bald Man
Ruth asks Rico a favor while he is prepping the deceased's body
Driving Mr. Mossback
Federico asks Nate if he can babysit while he embalms the deceased's body
Claire takes the deceased's body to the crematorium.
Federico washes the deceased's hair while arguing with Nate and David.
Unidentified Overweight Man
Arthur has trouble getting the deceased back into his casket due to the deceased's obesity.
Making Love Work
Unidentified Armless Man
Federico embalms the deceased's body while talking to Vanessa.
Timing and Space
Mrs. Martha Fasteau
Nate performs an intake with the deceased's husband
Arthur ties the deceased's shoes while Nate and David argue.
Falling into Place
committed suicide with handgun
Confronted by Nate about his affair with Lisa and her murder and when his confession is overheard by his wife.
Unidentified Korean Man
George tries to crash the deceased's funeral in his bathrobe.
Hold My Hand
Federico embalms the deceased as Vanessa confronts him.
Eat a Peach
David asks Rico to reschedule the deceased's viewing so it does not overlap with Nate's burial.
Rico is preparing the body when David talks to him about not selling the business
During the final montage in the series finale, David demonstrates embalming to Durrell sometime in the near future.
During the series' five year run, there have been 77 deaths.
1 death occurred in 2000.
20 deaths occurred in 2001.
5 deaths occurred in 2002 (not including alternate realities)
20 deaths occurred in 2003.
14 deaths occurred in 2004.
8 deaths occurred in 2005.
2 deaths have occurred during the 1970s, one in 1972 and the other in 1975.
1 death occurred during the 1950s decade in (1953).
2001 and 2003 had a large majority of the deaths followed by 2004 and finally 2005.
2002 had the least amount of deaths.
Season 3 had the most deaths (17) followed by Seasons 4 & 5 tied at (16).
Seasons 1 & 2 had the least amount of deaths (13) respectively.
Causes of death
13 people have died from natural causes.
10 people have died from a car accident related fate.
11 people have been murdered.
8 people have committed suicide.
9 people have died from a headinjury.
5 people have died of cancer.
22 people have died from other complications.
Six Feet Under
Episodes | Crew | DVD releases | Characters
Nate | David | Ruth | Claire | Brenda | Keith | Rico
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