Last year, 6,216 Alaskans lost their lives, continuing the sharp rise which began in 2020 with 5,196 deaths.

Prior to the arrival of Covid in 2020, Alaska had experienced a slow but steady increase in annual deaths, with an average of roughly 4,200 deaths per year over the prior eight years. The onset of Covid, however, does not fully explain the dramatic increase in annual deaths.

Covid was listed as the third leading cause of death last year with 762 deaths. Even if all Covid cases were subtracted from the overall count, 2021 still saw nearly 1,000 more deaths than were recorded in either 2018 or 2017.

According to the latest data from the Alaska Dept. of Health, the two leading causes of death in 2021 were malignant neoplasms (also known as cancerous tumors) which accounted for 1,091 deaths, and diseases of heart (1,011 deaths). While these are consistently the top two cause of death in Alaska, both categories have significantly increased over the past three years. In 2018, there were 957 deaths caused by cancer, and just 816 from heart diseases.

In 2021, men accounted for 59% of deaths while women made up 41%. The average age at the time of death was 68.3 years for women, 64.2 years for men, and 65.9 years overall.

The average life expectancy in Alaska continued to decline, going from 82.6 years in 2017 to 77.5 years in 2021.

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Alaska deaths skyrocket in 2021

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • John J Otness says:

    MRNA disarms the. immune system… its only just. begun.

  • Laura Greenwood says:

    Vaccine death count, and it’s going to get a lot worse before it gets better.

  • Kathy L. says:

    Judging from your last post about birth statistics, it looks like more people are dying than those being born.

  • Whidbey Thedog says:

    “Journalism” such as this leaves the door intentionally open for Anti-Vaxxers to enter. Shameful, really. But then so much of what’s on this website is. Cast doubt where none really exists, and let the crazies flood the space.

    • Jack Roberts says:

      Make sure you run down and get all your boosters.

    • Mag says:

      “Shameful, really. But then so much of what’s on this website is.” So why are you here?

    • Friend of Humanity says:

      Comments such as these made by bowser leaves the door intentionally open for the dark world to enter. Shameful, really. But, then so much of what bowser writes on this website is shameful. Cast doubt where none really exists, and let the crazies flood the space. Almighty God the Creator of All Creation said, “Let there be light!” May the same be said for this website – it is a light for all of us and it is good.

    • Grandma says:

      When the statistics come out which they eventually do, many of these “crazy conspiracy theories” prove out to have been true all along. Many weren’t listening then. I hope they listen now

    • AK907 says:

      Sorry if this sounds rude but, There is no cure for STUPID ! Go to and read the lengthy reports extracted from the Pfizer Documents that your elustrious FDA & CDC wanted buried for 70+ years. It won’t cure stupid but it might make it a little less obvious.

  • Reggie Taylor says:

    “…….Cast doubt where none really exists………”
    Doubt about what? Merely citing the numbers is an intentional condemnation of vaccines? I suppose this story shouldn’t have been published because a dog thought it might discourage somebody from getting vaxxed?
    I saw a story on another cite just minutes ago. Apparently, unvaccinated people have a 72% higher rate of severe vehicle accidents than vaccinated drivers according to study conducted by Canadian researchers and published in the American
    Journal of Medicine.
    So there you go. There’s some stellar journalism/science, no?

  • Sharon says:

    There is a difference between an Anti-Vaxxer and someone who actually researches what is in a shot before taking it. A “legal” vaccine does what it is supposed to. And for years Mercury was in all kinds of shots. Now why would anyone want to put a poison in their body? If you research the ingredients in these mRNA shots, (they are not legal vaccines,) I think you would not be taking them unless you wish to have your immunity destroyed. mRNA shots have never been used because of the death rate in the animals which were injected. Phizer finally released 9 pages of adverse reactions to the shots. Too late for most people. If you have any questions, check out the CDC VARES database. Look up death rates in other countries in the past year. It’s an eye opener.

  • Friend of Humanity says:

    Two websites that I just learned of that are documenting like the CDC should be doing, but does not.

    • Clark says:

      The stat is known as ‘excess deaths’. It is how we know that Covid death numbers are actually much worse than the official reported numbers.

      Alaska isnt the only place. This has been happening everywhere. Places with the highest covid deaths have the most excess deaths. This started before any vaccine existed, so is clearly unrelated to the vaccine. Places with low testing rates likewise had huge excess death numbers. After the vaccines rolled out in the US, states with higher vaccination rates had much lower excess death numbers.

  • Friend of Humanity says:

    Two websites that I just learned of that are compiling data: and

  • Greta says:

    the 2 things tumors and heart attacks.side effects of the vax! simple as that.

  • Akdale says:

    experimental gene therapy. government provided liability protection. do the math.

  • DaveMaxwell says:

    Out of 18 comments so far not one is brave enough to put dunleavy in the spot light and let him explain why he and his administration promoted then and now this death shot?! Really, I believe something is radically wrong with people and their unwillingness to hold accountable those who are guilty!
    SHAME on you

    • Friend of Humanity says:

      Well, I have seen your comments on the other articles. Do you read others comments? You would see that people have been calling out the Governor. In my humble opinion, he is just as responsible for Alaskans because he kept Dr. Zink on in her position, he traveled around the state encouraging people to get the jabs, he endorsed Dr. Zink for another position that will involve the nation, his 2022 inauguration seemed pretty iffy to me. Watching the video of him being inaugurated left me feeling that he did not take the job for the benefit of Alaskans, but is working with the globalist agenda. Alaska is being lost to the globalists and so many have eyes that are wide shut. In addition, I think that Mat-Su Regional Medical Center administrators should be held accountable for allowing Dr. Zink to continue her employment there as an ER doc. I wonder how many she sent straight to ICU without even trying to treat them for the flu that they probably really had? Shall I go on? Do we have to say the same things over and over on each article’s comment section or are we allowed to have a little bit of variance Dave?

  • Mark says:

    “Over the course of the pandemic through 2/28/2022, excess deaths in red states resulted in > 220,000 more deaths compared with blue states…” Individually, you are probably fine, as an aggregation vax refusal is killing people. If getting the vax caused deaths the more Democratic leaning and higher vaxed % would be found to have a higher mortality rate.

    • Friend of Humanity says:

      Mark, keep your ears tuned. Truths coming out slowly, but surely. Vaccinated people injuries and deaths are trending higher now. In addition to they themselves being affected, they are also affecting the unvaxxinated by donating blood that contaminated by the vaxx, “shedding” something on the unvaxxinated – spike protein, who knows what else through body fluids and possibly exhaling the spike protein. Won’t find information on Google because Google is filtering searches. Try using a multitude of other search engines and see what you find.