Gib death occurs when, after a character has been damaged, its health is less than the negative of its spawn health (or original hit points). In other words, the character has suffered, in total, more than twice the damage needed to kill it in the normal fashion. This may also cause the monster's body to be thrown very far from its actual location of death. Telefragging also results in gib death.
Only six characters can suffer gib death: the player, Trooper, Sergeant, Chaingunner, Wolfenstein SS, and Imp. A single special death sound, DSSLOP (a squishing sound), is used for all of these. Also, when the player suffer gib death, his death scream differs from the normal one.