5 People Who Died From Laughing Hard

Sometimes we see something funny and laugh until tears roll out. Have you ever imagined someone laughing themselves to death? While some might want to leave this world laughing, we are sure it won’t be a pleasant feeling killing themselves by laughing too hard. Here is a list of 5 People Who Died From Laughing Hard.

5Pietro Aretino

Pietro Aretino

Pietro (1492-1556) was an Italian author, playwright, poet, satirist and blackmailer who wielded immense influence on contemporary art and politics and invented modern literate pornography. He is said to have died of suffocation from laughing too much.

4Alex Mitchell

Alex Mitchell

On 24 March 1975, Alex Mitchell, from King’s Lynn, England, died laughing while watching the Kung fu Papers episode of The Goodies, featuring a kilt -clad Scotsman with his bagpipes battling a master of the Lancastrian martial art “Eckythump”, who was armed with a black pudding. After 25 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 2012, his granddaughter was diagnosed as having inherited Long QT syndrome (a heart rhythm abnormality) suggests that Mitchell may have died of a cardiac arrest caused by the same condition.

3Thomas Urquhart

V0005949EL Sir Thomas Urquhart. Line engraving by G. Glover, 164

In 1660, Thomas Urquhart, the Scottish aristocrat, polymath and first translator of Francois Rabelais’s writings into English, is said to have died laughing upon hearing that Charles II had taken the throne.



One ancient account of the death of Chrysippus, the 3rd century B.C. Greek Stoic philosopher, tells that he died of laughter after he saw a donkey eating his figs. He told a slave to give the donkey neat wine to wash them down, and then, “having laughed too much, he died”



5th-century B.C. Greek painter Zeuxis is said to have died laughing at the humorous way he painted the goddess Aphrodite after the old woman who commissioned it insisted on modeling for the portrait.


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