Has anyone ever really died of laughter?

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  1. stuff4kids profile image99
    stuff4kidsposted 4 years ago

    Has anyone ever really died of laughter?

    It's a common enough phrase, 'We died laughing' but clearly it's a metaphor. On the other hand, I have heard some stories of people who heard a joke and died laughing - literally. Is there any truth in this or is it an urban myth? On the other hand, if you could die of laughter, what would the physiological process be that could cause 'death by laughter'?


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    JThomp42posted 4 years ago

    I would think it to be a heart attack. Possibly, someone with heart problems to begin with.

    1. stuff4kids profile image99
      stuff4kidsposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, that would make sense, I suppose. Terrible idea, isn't it? Although I suppose that at least you'd die happy!

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  3. drbj profile image82
    drbjposted 4 years ago

    A few rare instances of death from laughter have been recorded (see Wikipedia). A fit of laughter might cause cardiac arrest (the heart stops beating), or asphyxiation (inability to 'catch one's breath'). So one could literally die laughing, but that would be no laughing matter.

    1. stuff4kids profile image99
      stuff4kidsposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Gosh, indeed it would not. Cardiac arrest seems plausible but I'd have thought asphyxiation less likely? Wouldn't you pass out before you died? I don't know.

    2. drbj profile image82
      drbjposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Asphyxia can cause coma or death.

  4. sparkster profile image91
    sparksterposted 4 years ago

    Yes it's possible but it would most likely be due to some underlying illness or health issues. This question reminds me of a few things -  1st the Monty Python "funniest joke in the world" sketch, 2nd the question "can you really die from a broken heart" and 3rd the fact that LongQT Syndrome is in my family and can cause instant unexpected death as a result of being frightened, made to jump or possibly from hysterical laughter. Great question by the way.


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