Unfortunately yes. Laughter is essential to lead a long and healthy life, but sometimes it can be deadly. Hence the expression "die of laughter" that refers to a death caused by a prolonged attack of it.
Although there are many studies that support the benefits of laughing at full lung: laughter is able to relieve pain-when we laugh, the brain emits an order that causes the secretion of endorphins (substances with properties similar to morphine) that reduce the pain-, favors digestion by contracting the muscles located in the abdomen, controls anger, increases heart rate, reduces the presence of blood glucose, etc .; However, the truth is that there are several cases confirming the sad fact that the fact of dying as a result of a fit of laughter can occur:
Laughter is a biological reaction of the human being with movements of the mouth and other parts of the face, demonstrating joy. It is expressed by a characteristic sound in each person, being very difficult to have a laugh equal to that of another person
- Lady Fitzherbert (1782): He attended an opera, where he laughed as a result of a quirky dress that carried a character of the work. Unfortunately, she could not avoid the fit of laughter, forcing her to leave the theater. Finally, he died two days later at home as a result of death rattles (wheezing, usually hoarse) that caused the attack.
- Calcas or Calcante (Greek philosopher of the 12th century BC): Legend has it that Calcas was planting a vine when a fortune-teller told him in a solemn tone: "You will not get to drink the grapes that these vineyards give". When it was time for the harvest, Calcas invited the sorcerer to drink a piece of wine and with it he repeated the prophecy. That was when Calcas had a fit of laughter and died instantly.
- Zeuxis (Greek painter of the 5th century BC): He was one of the most renowned painters of his time, admired for his peculiar style when idealizing figures. An old woman commissioned a painting of the beautiful aphrodite using her as a model. When he finished finishing it he looked at the painting and laughed at it, when his breathing failed him and he drowned.
- Chrysippus (Greek III century BC): This Greek thinker died after a fit of laughter when he saw a donkey eating figs.
- Ole Bentze, a dancer of Danish origin died in the late nineties while watching the movie A fish named Wanda. The cartoons that produced the scenes of the film made his heart reach at times 500 beats per minute. Consequence: a heart attack.