More often than not described as the last exhale of breathe, heard from the vibration of the neck when it is in an unusual position, allowing air to escape a narrow passage from the throat. It causes any of infinite odd sounds of expulsion of air.
You can imitate a death rattle for fun. Lean your neck backwards at 90 degrees and Pronounce terms such as "Ughrghrghrghrgh" or "Phhztttttt"
by larstait October 10, 2003
a sound produced by a person immediately preceding death, resulting from the passage of air through the mucus in the throat.
by Joe Bloggs October 13, 2003
that annoying/scary noise made by the girl in "The Grudge". this is caused by her neck being broken. Sort of a strangled ahhhhhhhhh.
by claireisfreakedout January 10, 2011
The beeping noise a phone or tablet makes to alert you of its near death status (being out of battery - let's not quibble over semantics)
by BBC Bite Size Revision August 08, 2016