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Old 01-17-2011, 03:50 PM
Galileo Galileo is offline
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Here's a table (in pdf format) from the National Vital Statistics System: Deaths by Single Years of Age, Race, and Sex: United States, 2007.

I think that it contains the info that the OP is requesting, but not summarized graphically. There's definitely a spike in mortality in the first year after birth, and the lowest mortality is around ages 8 and 9. There's also a bit of a spike around age 22 for males, but not for females. Afterwards, the mortality seems to increase smoothly and exponentially. No indication that "the vast majority of people die within +- 5 years" of average life expectancy.

And, here's a table from Social Security Online, Period Life Table, with some interesting info on mortality rates.