Dying of Laughter
Around 230 B.C. the ancient Greek philosopher, Chrysippus of Soli, is said to have perished while in a fit of laughter. Prolonged and intense laughter could lead to a lack of air or even a heart attack. But, another story goes that he had been drinking quite a bit beforehand.
Let it be known that the joke in question was reported to have been his own. What was it you ask? He suggested that a nearby donkey, eating figs off a tree, have some of his wine to wash down the figs.