Man Gets ‘Broken Heart Syndrome’ After Dad Dies at 91

July 14, 2020

Richard Watkins is lucky to be alive – he survived what many call the broken heart syndrome, known formally as Takotsubo syndrome. Watkins, 64, has been homeschooling his sons, is dealing with a shutdown at his job, and his father had just passed away. On the morning of the funeral, Watkins fell sick. "My heart actually stopped beating," he said. Watkins isn’t alone. Hollywood icon Debbie Reynolds reportedly died of it in 2016, just one day after the death of her daughter, Carrie Fisher.

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