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Cause of Death: Laughter
« on: March 22, 2011, 04:28:30 pm »
Death from laughter





In the ninth century B.C., the Greek stoic philosopher Chrysippus (above) died of laughter, after giving his donkey wine then seeing it attempt to feed on figs. On March 24, 1975, Alex Mitchell, a 50-year-old bricklayer from King’s Lynn, England, died laughing while watching an episode of the television series The Goodies. After twenty-five minutes of continuous laughter, Mitchell finally slumped on the sofa and died from heart failure. His widow later sent The Goodies a letter thanking them for making Mitchell’s final moments of life so pleasant. In 1989, a Danish audiologist, Ole Bentzen, died laughing while watching the film A Fish Called Wanda. His heart was estimated to have beaten at between 250 and 500 beats per minute, before he succumbed to cardiac arrest.


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