From what I understood from reading up on this topic, it’s not the act of laughing itself but rather a fatal repercussion from a fit of laughter, such as cardiac arrest, asphyxiation, or aneurysm, which causes death. For instance, Ole Bentzen suffered a heart attack as a consequence of the terrible fit of laughter he had. It’s possible that such was the case of Chrysippus (and others) as well.
And he also left a giant rotting cheese wheel to his succesor Van Buren. He had received two as a gift and he held a giant party in the White House where people could just show up and drink and eat of the first 1200 lbs cheese wheel gift! … But the other remained in the cellar for 2 years till Van Buren took over.
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