There are several scientific review articles on the incidence of death during coitus ..."death in the saddle" follows a pattern in which "the deceased is usually married; he is with a nonspouse in nonfamiliar surroundings after a big meal with alcohol" (A.W. Green 1975). Garner and Allen (1989), who refer to the phenomenon as "la mort d'amour", cite one study in which 14 of 20 cases of coital death occurred during extramarital intercourse...
At the five-yard line, I looked around to see if anybody was close enough to catch me. Nobody was chasing me, except Dad running full speed along the sidelines.
The evening in question took place in Lowell in 1984, in his family's home. While his mother was recovering in the hospital from a hysterectomy, Farrell walked into his parents' kitchen and found his father, in flagrante delicto, with a neighbor. The shock of discovery sent the old man into cardiac arrest. He writhed on the floor, his face turning hellish hues of purple and black, begging his son for nitroglycerin. But Farrell simply stood there and watched him die.
I pulled a kitchen chair up next to him and watched him struggle to breathe on the floor.
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