WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A couple who have been married for 71 years, died 12 hours apart, according to WRDW.
- During an interview with WRDW in 2018, the couple admitted that they never expected their romance to last for several decades, yet they hoped to be together for more years.
- Though the causes of their deaths were unspecified, it could be that they both had ‘broken heart syndrome’, a condition where the heart is greatly weakened due to intense physical or emotional stress.
Since their wedding day 71 years ago, Herbert and Marilyn Frances Delaigle, of Waynesboro, Georgia, were never separated, even in death — they died 12 hours apart.
According to the WRDW, 94-year-old Herbert died at 2:20 a.m. while 88-year-old Marilyn died at 2:20 p.m. They were survived by six children, 16 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
In a statement to the media outlet, the family said, “What an amazing love story that is-they’ve been together for 71 years and now they are together in heaven.”
The couple’s love story started so many years ago when Herbert, then 22, asked Marilyn out who was 16 years old at the time, after meeting her at the café where she worked. He proposed to her a year after.
They told WRDW about their unending romance in a 2018 profile that although they never dreamt that they would still be together after all these years, Herbert said, “I hope we go a few more years on that.”
When asked the secret behind their lasting love, Herbert simply said, “Show your love.”
While the cause of their death remains unknown, circumstances such as theirs have been known to cause broken heart syndrome. This is a condition where the heart muscle suddenly is severely weakened due to intense physical or emotional stress, says to Johns Hopkins Medicine.
“Broken heart syndrome is in fact a real thing,” said Dr. Matthew Lorber, a psychiatrist at the Lenox Hill Hospital in New York. He further explained that when someone hears terrible news, stress hormones are massively released into the bloodstream causing the heart to be swamped with these stress hormones.
On March 6, Judy and Will Webb, both 77, died just some hours apart while holding hands in a nursing home in Melvindale, Michigan. For several years, they suffered several health issues. WXYZ reported that they were inseparable during their 56 years of marriage and were only separated when they had to go to separate hospitals.
The couple’s daughter MaryBeth Webb told The News-Herald that she believes that her parents simply can’t live without each other.
“I know it sounds crazy, but people can die from a broken heart, and I feel like that’s what happened to my dad.”