For some this is a no-brainer, of course, you can die when the only good thing in your life breaks your heart.

The interesting thing is that a broken heart is actually a real thing.

Besides the trauma that eventually leads you to avoid people, music, direct sunlight and  succumb to binge eating; some people actually never recover from the breakup.


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Broken heart syndrome: Scientifically, people do die from what appears to be a broken heart.

Broken heart syndrome is commonly described as a physical pain in the heart or chest area, which is due to the emotional stress caused by a traumatic breakup or the death of a loved one.

Apparently, this is not uncommon. There are a lot of cases where a person dies shortly after his/her beloved passed away.

For example the story of Debbie Reynolds: Just a day after her daughter dies, she also passes away.

It is a tragedy with a hint of bittersweetness – the two who lived for each other, end those lives together.

There are truly medical reasons for why it is possible to die of a broken heart.

It is found that, while it happens very seldom, the number of people who have had a heart attack or a stroke in the month after a loved one passed away was double that of a matched control group who were not grieving.

In other words, more people died from a stroke after the loss of a loved one, than people who did not lose someone.

Some people talk about “broken heart syndrome”, known more formally as stress cardiomyopathy or takotsubo cardiomyopathy.

“About three-quarters of people diagnosed with takotsubo cardiomyopathy have experienced significant emotional or physical stress prior to becoming unwell,” according to the British Heart Foundation.

Don and Maxine Simpson died in Bakersfield in California.

He was 90 and she was 87 and they were as inseparable as they had always been after meeting at a bowling alley in 1952 and marrying that same year.

Maxine died first and four hours later by her side, Don followed.

Obviously, the odds of this happening to you is very rare, so don’t be afraid to fall in love.

All that I am saying is that true love is a whole lot more powerful than we think.


– Richelle Neethling

Categories: Relationships