Cause of Death is a 1990 album by American death metal band Obituary. Cause of Death is considered a landmark album in the history of death metal. The artwork was done by artist Michael Whelan. It is their first release with permanent member Frank Watkins on bass, and also their first and only album with guitarist James Murphy, previously of the group Death.
The cover art of this album was used in an H.P. Lovecraft collection, Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror and the Macabre, and part of it was used in The Tomb and The Doom That Came to Sarnath paperbacks. It was supposed to be the cover of Sepultura's album Beneath the Remains, but Roadrunner Records let Obituary use it first, eventhough Cause of Death was released in 1990 and Beneath The Remains was released in 1989. Sepultura chose another Michael Whelan illustration for Beneath The Remains's cover.