Can one die of fright?

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Hermes (January 18, 2011, 12:37:53 PM):
My sympathy, Faerie.
I can't see that fear had anything to do with your uncle's death. Fear causes the release of adrenalin, also known as epinephrine, which could increase or decrease blood pressure. A shock can cause people to faint, have a heart attack or a stroke. There just does not seem any reason for this in your uncle's case. Exhaustion can also trigger heart failure. Swimming is tiring; perhaps he was not as fit as he thought.
Faerie (January 18, 2011, 12:49:40 PM):
Thanks guys.

I'll just stick it into my "I dont know" box and haul it out now and then until I get an answer that seems plausible. Its a pity I cant lay my grubby hands on the autopsy report, I'd love to read it myself and get a broader picture. The family just pounced on the "fright" bit and they're being the way they are, the farm's future in the family is now in question, all of them is in favour of selling it off now due to the negative vibes and evil prescence surrounding the dam.

*sigh*
Brian (January 18, 2011, 14:14:06 PM):
This may not help Faerie, just illustrates what fear can do: I had a dog Shitzu/maltese cross with an amazing zest for life etc etc but terrified of thunder, crackers etc. One night he sensed a thunderstorm coming and crept through the burglar guard door into the lounge and lay there in trepidation. With the first crack of thunder his heart just stopped! He wasn't old...about 6 years. Miss him a lot... :(
cyghost (January 18, 2011, 14:26:46 PM):
Its a pity I cant lay my grubby hands on the autopsy report, I'd love to read it myself and get a broader picture.
Condolences for your loss, Faerie

If you say your uncle died last week, it is a bit quick to expect a report. Toxicological tests take time, and they usually have a back log that defies belief. But you cold speak to the Investigation officer and he or she may let you have a peek as it becomes available. (at least the last page which actually gives the cause of death) - or else at the inquest, which is open to the public.

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