According to his death certificate, my dad died of myocardial infarction, otherwise known as a heart attack.
His health had been deteriorating for some time, so it wasn’t a total surprise.
He gained weight and was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. He had two bypass surgeries — one triple, one quadruple. It wasn’t hard to understand why he had heart problems.
His diet was unhealthy; he didn’t get enough exercise; and he was constantly under stress.
We thought there wasn’t much any of us could have done. In retrospect, there was one area where I might have been able to help, though at the time I didn’t think about it in those terms. His financial health deteriorated more than his physical health, and that was one of the primary sources of stress.