Monday, February 11, 2008


Bride dies during marriage's first dance...

DAVIE, Fla. - Kim Sjostrom wanted a real-life version of the film "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," which played in the background as friends fixed her hair and makeup before her own marriage ceremony.

But less than an hour after she and Teddy Efkarpides were wed, Sjostrom crumpled in her husband's arms during a Greek song that means "Love Me."

At 36, Sjostrom was dead from heart disease.

During the couple's first dance, Sjostrom complained of being lightheaded. Efkarpides thought his wife, a diabetic, needed sugar, but she collapsed.

Wedding guests, paramedics and doctors at a nearby hospital were unable to revive her.

She had a previous cardiac episode in her 20s and was a poster child — literally — for juvenile diabetes, relatives and friends said. Efkarpides recalled seeing the poster featuring her on New York subways.

He consoles himself by reading a list of "101 Reasons Why I Love You" that Sjostrom gave him their first Christmas together. "Number 1. You make me smile."

No. 98 is especially difficult: "You're the one I want to grow old with."


jim said...

It is sad, very sad, the terrible unordinary tragedies that some people have to live thru and in, it does break me down and inspires me more toward the spiritual possibilities for solution to our human condition. Incredible what is happening every minute world wide, very sad things indeed. Every good moment must be savored and cherished close, every person is special in their way, at least meant to be I believe.

Siegfried said...

Well, at least they got married.
Better luck next time.

jon be me said...

It can happen to any of us at any time. Don't let the petty things get to ya, enjoy today for tomorrow may not come (does it ever, mmm...)

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