Man Dies While
Laughing In Sleep

The Australian
From correspondents in Bangkok, Thailand

An ice-cream truck driver in Thailand died while laughing in his sleep, a newspaper reported today.
Damnoen Saen-um, 52, laughed for about two minutes on Wednesday and then stopped breathing, The Nation said, quoting officials.
The newspaper said Damnoen's wife tried to wake him up but he kept laughing. An autopsy suggested that he might have had a heart attack, the newspaper quoted a doctor as saying.
"I have never seen a case like this. But it is possible that a person could have heart seizure while laughing or crying too hard in their sleep," said Dr. Somchai Chakrabhand, deputy director-general of the Mental Health Department, according to The Nation.
The incident occurred in Phrae province, 490km north of Bangkok.




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