More than 7,000 people died from natural disasters in 2016, and 34,676 died from terrorism, but these are not leading causes of death on the planet. Causes of death vary significantly by country and income levels across the world. Even so, as living standards improve, life expectancy is increasing and the most common causes of death have changed over time. In 1900, a leading cause of death was pneumonia and influenza, these and other communicable diseases fall farther down the list today.
Based on the report Causes of Death by Hannah Ritchie, a researcher at Our World in Data and Max Roser, the site's founder, these are the leading causes of death in the world. Data is from 2016.