Grado Statement Sonata 1 - bent stylus

Have no idea how it happened, but on attempting to play a record yesterday, I was shocked to discover that the stylus on this expensive cartridge was bent 90 degrees and pointing down vertically at the record.I treat my equipment carefully, and had left the SME arm in its slip-locked retaining clip and put the dust cover down. Examination under magnification showed that the bend appears to be at the point where the stylus meets a black housing. It seems to also be slightly loose at that point. No one touched the turntable between that last playing and my discovery of the weird damage. Are Grado products so idiosyncratic that they break by themselves?
My Statement Sonata mysteriously developed a bent cantilever, is that what you are referring to?
You know it is, why ask?