I asked because sometimes the death is related and sometimes it actually is not. Suicide for instance, is a not unreasonable answer to horrific suffering....and I would consider the disease, then, the cause of death. Pain med overdose could be bad management by a doctor. I remember a young man, David, who was taken off his klonipin too suddenly and died of a seizure...that could have happened to someone without CFS. I don't want to pry, it's just that its relevant to know how many CFS deaths are directly due to CFS (or lyme, etc).