Context The pandemic has substantially increased the workload of hospital palliative care providers, requiring them to be responsive and innovative despite limited information on the specific end of life care needs of patients with COVID-19 . Multi-site data detailing clinical characteristics of patient deaths from large populations, managed by specialist and generalist palliative care providers is lacking . Objectives To conduct a large multicenter study examining characteristics of COVID-19 hospital deaths and implications for care . Methods A multi-center retrospective evaluation examined 434 COVID-19 deaths in 5 hospital trusts over the period 23/03/20-10/05/20 . Results Eighty three percent of patients were over 70 and 32% were admitted from care homes . Diagnostic timing indicated over 90% of those who died contracted the virus in the community . Dying was recognized in over 90% of patients, with the possibility of dying being identified less than 48 hours from admission for a third . In over a quarter, death occurred less than 24 hours later . Patients who were recognized to be dying more than 72 hours prior to death are most likely to have access to medication for symptom control . Conclusion This large multicenter study comprehensively describes COVID-19 deaths throughout the hospital setting . Clinicians are alert to and diagnose dying appropriately in most patients . Outcomes could be improved by advance care planning to establish preferences, including whether hospital admission is desirable, and alongside this, support the prompt use of anticipatory subcutaneous medications and syringe drivers if needed . Finally, rapid discharges and direct hospice admissions could better utilize hospice beds and improve care.