in chapter 5, the reason behind the death of Unoka is not really clear !
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Unoka gets sick with a disease which causes his stomach to swell. This disease is considered an abomination to the earth so Unoka is not allowed to die at home, nor does ritual allow his body allowed to be buried. He dies and rots under a tree in the Evil Forest. I don't recall the text explaining the disease. It could simply have been that he was starving.