Last year over 153 thousand people died in the Netherlands. With nearly 47 thousand deaths, cancer remains the most common cause of death in the country, followed by cardiovascular disease which caused 25 percent of the deaths, Statistics Netherlands reported on Tuesday. 1 percent of last year's deaths were caused by flu.
A special committee of the Ministry of Security and Justice is investigating possible mistakes made by the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI) in murder investigations following a report by a whistleblower, the Telegraaf reports.
The investigation was launched in April and focuses on irregularities in determining the causes of death in stabbing victims, according to the newspaper. The committee consists of three professors. They are looking into the methods used by the NFI, the "actions and negligence" of NFI employees and whether any rules of conduct were violated.
Toxicological tests will be done on the blood of 39-year-old Paul Selier from The Hague who died after being arrested in Waddinxveen on Friday morning, the Public Prosecutor announced. The Prosecutor wants to determine whether drug- or medicine use can explain the man's "disturbed behavior".
The results of the blood tests will also be taken into account in determining the victim's cause of death.
On Friday the court in Utrecht remanded a 16-year-old boy from Den Bosch suspected of murdering 14-year-old Savannah Dekker from Bunschoten into custody for another three months. This was the teen boy's second appearance in court since he was arrested in June, AD reports.
The authorities exhumed the body of an elderly woman who the Public Prosecutor believes was murdered in a nursing home in Puttershoek on Monday. Her body was transferred to the Netherlands Forensic Institution for a further investigation into the cause of her death, AD reports.
Missing Joey Hoffmann's body was found around 7:30 a.m. by two Turkish police dogs in a dried up river bed near the Turkish town of Narlikuyu. The 21-year-old Haaksbergen man's body showed no visible signs of violence, according to newspaper AD.
Dementia was the leading cause of death in the Netherlands last year with over 15 thousand cases, according to preliminary figures Statistics Netherlands released on Wednesday. The number of dementia related deaths is expected to only increase with the aging population.
Compared to 2015, the number of dementia related deaths increased by 7 percent. The increase was strongest among men with 11 percent. Dementia is the second most common cause of death among men, with lung cancer taking first place. Last year 5 thousand men died due to dementia in the country.
On Thursday the court in The Hague ordered a new investigation into the cause of Mitch Henriquez' death in police custody in 2015. The two current reports on how the 42-year-old Aruban man died in 2015 are so different that the court feels a third opinion is necessary, RTL Nieuws reports.
The number of people that died from acute myocardium infarction - heart attacks - decreased by 7 percent in 2014. This cause of death has been steadily declining since the 70's. A total of 5.3 thousand people died of heart attacks last year, almost 400 fewer than in 2013.
The police found the bodies of three men in a luxury on a luxury longboat on Zwetkade Noord at around 15:00 on Sunday afternoon.
Chinese media is claiming that the Buddha statue containing a skeleton of a Chinese monk was stolen from a Chinese village in 1995, and the country wants it returned. The statue is currently owned by a Dutch private collector and was on display in Drents Museum in Assen until the recent return to its owner, newswire ANP writes.
An unfortunate fall from a cliff is the likely cause of death of missing Dutch women Kris Kremers and Lisanne Froon, according to investigators' latest research. The two women disappeared in April last year, and were last seen beginning a hike into the jungle near Boquete, Panama.
In 2013 the most common causes of death in the Netherlands was cancer and cardiovascular disease. Of the more than 141 thousand people who died in 2013, 42 thousand (30 percent) died of cancer and 38 thousand (27 percent) died of cardiovascular diseases.
Authorities have not yet been able to determine what caused the death of a baby found in a bag in March.
A 24-year-old female was apprehended in Rotterdam, suspected of killing her baby. The woman went to an address in town and said she wanted to bury her baby. She had the corpse with her in a bag. It is unclear where she wanted to bury the body.