Well! This was unusual.
A congregation loudly confronted its longtime pastor about his alleged infidelity — and in the midst of their yelling, the pastor dropped dead.
That’s what happened Sunday at the Miracle Faith World Outreach Church, according to members of the congregation and police sources.
Bishop Bobby Davis, pastor of the Harriet Street church since its founding in 1967, was pronounced dead at Bridgeport Hospital.
The congregation did get loud (people could hear yelling from outside) but it was encouragement, witnesses said, they were supporting him, yelling they loved him. But the stress was perhaps too much. It is expected he died of a heart attack but an autopsy is being conducted.
A “heart attack” due to sudden death is apparently not quite right, according to this Canadian health information site:
[Can] stress itself can directly cause a heart attack? The answer is – not exactly. But sudden, severe stress can cause something called stress cardiomyopathy (also known as “broken heart syndrome” or “takotsubo cardiomyopathy”), an under-diagnosed health condition with symptoms that are very similar to those of a heart attack.
The word cardiomyopathy refers to heart muscle that is weakened, resulting in the heart not working as well as it should. Stress cardiomyopathy refers to weakening of the heart as a result of intense physical or emotional stress.
The release of hormones during a one-time stressful event can cause the heart to stop. But I can’t find that this is fatal. So, there is a medical question that remains here. It was quite a dramatic day for this congregation.