It is projected that about 17 million people die of heart attacks and strokes every year, across the world. A heart attack is a grim health emergency whereby, the flow of blood to the heart is rapidly blocked, typically by a blood clot.
Heart disease can befall one and all, irrespective of age or gender, and could result in terminal heart attacks if not appropriately diagnosed. There are many celebrities of varying talents who have succumbed to death due to heart attacks.
- LUTHER RONZONI VANDROSS, JR. (April 20, 1951 – July 1, 2005)
He was a well-known American vocalist, songwriter and record producer. Vandross ailed from diabetes and hypertension, this could be because of family heredities alongside lifestyle and diet. Vandross suffered stroke and coma before eventually dying on July 1, 2005, at the JFK Medical Center in Edison, New Jersey, aged 54.
- JAMES GANDOLFINI (September 18, 1961 – June 19, 2013)
James was an American actor and producer best known for his character as Tony Soprano, an Italian-American crime boss, in the HBO crime drama The Sopranos. James Gandolfini didn’t have any medical history that gave any signs of a heart failure. Gandolfini died at the age of 51 in Rome on June 19, 2013.
- ABIR GOSWAMI (April 21, 1976 – May 31, 2013)
An Indian film and television actor, Abir Goswami, who was a hit in the Bollywood arena like Kkusum, Yahan Main Ghar Ghar Kheli, Pyaar Ka Dard Hai Meetha Meetha Pyaara Pyaara. Abir Goswami died on 31 May 2013 aged 37 due to cardiac arrest when working out on his treadmill.
- BORIS YELTSIN (February 1, 1931 – April 23, 2007)
Boris was a Soviet and Russian politician and more so the first President of the Russian Federation, serving from 1991 to 1999. He was an alcohol dependent who suffered heart problems in the years 1990 and 1996. Boris Yeltsin died of congestive heart failure on 23 April 2007, aged 76.
- SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE (May 22, 1859 – July 7, 1930)
He is well known for creating the world’s greatest renowned detective in Sherlock Holmes. Doyle was found grabbing his chest in the great hall of Windlesham Manor, his home in Crowborough, East Sussex, on 7 July 1930. He died of a heart attack at the age of 71 and was lucky enough to have his last words directed to his wife “You are wonderful”.
- PATRICK CLAUDE EKENG EKENG (March 26, 1990 – May 6, 2016)
He was a promising talent in the football world and it was a very sad and shocking death. He played for Dinamo București and had received call-ups for his country’s national team. On 6 May 2016, Ekeng died, controversy surrounded his death due to cases of negligence that led to the doctor being charged with man slaughter.
- FRANCIS SCOTT KEY FITZGERALD (September 24, 1896 – December 21, 1940)
He was an author of one of the greatest novels of all times; the great Gatsby. He was known to be a heavy smoker and drinker and had consequently suffered two heart attacks before his death at the age of 44.
- MICHAEL CLARKE DUNCAN (December 10, 1957 – September 3, 2012)
Michael was a renowned American actor who featured in great movies including Green Mile, Kung Fu Panda among others. Michael was just 54 at the time he suffered a heart attack which would eventually lead to his untimely death.
- EDGAR HOOVER (January 1, 1895 – May 2, 1972)
He was the first Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of the United States. Hoover was still the director of the FBI when he died in his Washington home of a heart attack, on May 2, 1972.
- ALAN THICKE (March 1, 1947 – December 13, 2016)
He was a very talented Canadian talk show host who still prospered as an actor and song writer. He was father to famous musician Robin Thicke and a friend to many celebrities including the likes of Bob Saget and Leonardo Di Caprio. He died on December 13, 2016 after collapsing while enjoying a hockey game in the company of his son.
Symptoms of Heart Attack
The death of the above celebrities prompts us to be aware of the symptoms of a heart attack, this include:
- Shortness of breath and irregular breathing
- Chest discomfort: This comes in the form of uncomfortable pressure, clasping effect or pain in the chest
- Upper body discomfort. Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the shoulder and the back shouldn’t be ignored
- Sweating, nausea, vomiting, or dizziness
- Rapid or irregular heartbeats
- Light-headedness and unusual anxiety
Symptoms are not useful unless you act fast on them thus saving a life. Therefore, stay aware, spread awareness.
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