Did Debbie Reynolds succumb to a broken heart after the passing of her beloved daughter? One day after actress Carrie Fisher’s death at age 60, her mother – an actress and singer herself – also died unexpectedly of a suspected stroke.
Netizens certainly think she did:
My daughter asked if it’s possible to die from a broken heart. I think Debbie Reynold’s knew her daughter needed her. God granted her wish
— Al Roker (@alroker) December 29, 2016
The mother/daughter bond is very strong. I believe we lost Debbie from a broken heart… RIP you two incredible icons.. Debbie and Carrie xo
— Joan Grande (@joangrande) December 29, 2016
But can you really die of a broken heart? CNN interviewed a medical expert who says the phenomenon is absolutely 100 per cent real.
“When someone finds out some shocking news, typically terrible news, and there’s a massive release of these stress hormones that are released into the bloodstream, and the heart is then bombarded with these stress hormones,” said Dr. Matthew Lorber, a psychiatrist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York.
The news doesn’t have to be bad; it could even be good news delivered in a sudden, shocking way, explained Lorber.
“Anything that causes a shock or startles can cause broken heart syndrome,” he said.
Well, 2016 has certainly served up plenty of shocking celebrity deaths. Take a look back at some of the stars we lost this year: