It is possible to die from laughter (so much for the "best medicine"). Supposedly the death of Greek philosopher Chrysippus of Soli died from laughing at a drunk donkey (though other accounts claim he was the one who drunk the wine, and that killed him). Other people supposed to have died of laughter include king Martin of Aragon, Italian author (and inventor of erotic literature) Pietro Aretino, and Scottish author Sir Thomas Urquhart, who died upon learning of Charles II's coronation. The most obvious causes would naturally by asphyxiation, laughter-induced syncope, and heart failure, which may be related to the laughter by means of atony, gelastic epilepsy, and damage to the brain, such as an infarct or lesions.
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