"If they can't die then what is a ghost pokemon, people?"Maybe gas based lifeform lol
@Newten: One of the first things I ever did when I became a mod on Giant Bomb was instead of locking a spam Pokemon thread in the comments section I asked the community if Pokemon eat other Pokemon...Which not only derailed the thread but spawned a huge debate that went on for about two weeks.
Well in the original games, there was the Tower in Lavender town where the graves of people's Pokémon were so they could mourn and what-not.
This. The bodies of the deceased Pokemon reside in the Lavender Town Tower, where their former masters and owners can pay their respects to their dearly departed Pokemon. So yes, Pokemon can indeed die. The angry sprit of the slain Marowak haunted the tower and was a ghost that you had to use the Sliph Scope against in order to see and engage the Pokemon in battle.
Death in the Pokemon franchise is a touchy subject, for the core audience is children/young adults and thus you do not want it to have a negative effect upon that age group that plays/watches/reads anything related to Pokemon.