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13th Jun '18 3:07:45 PM mlsmithca
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* Michael Henchard, the title character of ''Literature/TheMayorOfCasterbridge'', leaves the town where he was once mayor and a successful businessman for the last time after his stepdaughter Elizabeth-Jane rebukes him for lying to her about her true paternity, then lying to her real father, Richard Newson, about whether or not she was still alive. He loses the will to live, and lingers on for a few weeks in an abandoned house found for him by a former employee before dying alone and miserable. His last wishes are for a LonelyFuneral and for everyone to forget him.



** Larry Marvick in the episode "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS3E5IsThereInTruthNoBeauty}} Is There in Truth No Beauty?]]".

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** Larry Marvick in the episode "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS3E5IsThereInTruthNoBeauty}} "[[Recap/StarTrekS3E5IsThereInTruthNoBeauty Is There in Truth No Beauty?]]".
21st Mar '18 6:30:40 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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A SisterTrope to DrivenToSuicide (and some people have speculated that "died of grief" was often an euphemism for this in the days when suicide was still a rather touchy subject) and DeathSeeker (when simple self-preservation instincts are ignored).

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A SisterTrope to DrivenToSuicide (and some people have speculated that (especially since "died of grief" was often an is sometimes a euphemism for this in the days when suicide was still a rather touchy subject) that trope) and DeathSeeker (when simple self-preservation instincts are ignored).
26th Feb '18 12:59:16 PM godzillavkk
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** The Dalish Elf Warden's mother is implied to have done this as well as AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence shortly after giving birth to her child shortly after her husband was killed by humans. She simply "vanished into the forest".
24th Feb '18 8:55:58 PM nombretomado
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* In ''More ScaryStoriesToTellInTheDark'', the story ''Cold As Clay'' involved this, when a farmhand "wastes away" after his employer moves his daughter in order to keep the two apart. The daughter is never told about this, however, which is why she isn't surprised when the farmhand arrives at her door to take her home... some time ''after'' his death.

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* In ''More ScaryStoriesToTellInTheDark'', Literature/ScaryStoriesToTellInTheDark'', the story ''Cold As Clay'' involved this, when a farmhand "wastes away" after his employer moves his daughter in order to keep the two apart. The daughter is never told about this, however, which is why she isn't surprised when the farmhand arrives at her door to take her home... some time ''after'' his death.
12th Feb '18 8:14:04 AM SeptimusHeap
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* In ''RoleMaster'', critical hits on the "depression damage" table can cause the target to assume a fetal position on the floor and literally lose the will to live, dying by despair.

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* In ''RoleMaster'', ''TabletopGame/RoleMaster'', critical hits on the "depression damage" table can cause the target to assume a fetal position on the floor and literally lose the will to live, dying by despair.
30th Jan '18 10:31:35 AM SteveMB
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TruthInTelevision, to an extent; there is a phenomenon known as "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Takotsubo_cardiomyopathy Broken Heart Syndrome]]" where sudden, excessive stress can weaken the cardiac muscle, which can lead to heart attacks and acute heart failure. It's rare, but not impossible. That said, '''Administrivia/NoRealLifeExamplesPlease We really don't need a mess of gushing and "Poor X!" gossip.'''

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TruthInTelevision, to an extent; extent, in that someone who doesn't care whether he lives or dies may start neglecting his health and slip into a downward spiral leading to death. Also, there is a phenomenon known as "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Takotsubo_cardiomyopathy Broken Heart Syndrome]]" where sudden, excessive stress can weaken the cardiac muscle, which can lead to heart attacks and acute heart failure. It's rare, but not impossible. That said, '''Administrivia/NoRealLifeExamplesPlease We really don't need a mess of gushing and "Poor X!" gossip.'''
13th Jan '18 4:18:41 AM TroperBeDoper
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* Heavily implied to be the fates of the protagonists of ''Manga/GirlsLastTour''. After a perilous journey through their AfterTheEnd world, they reach the top of their LayeredCity and find...nothing. The two eat their last bit of food, go to sleep and are heavily implied to pass on during their slumber from the reveal that their journey was ultimately pointless.

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* Heavily implied to be the fates of the protagonists of ''Manga/GirlsLastTour''. After a perilous journey through their AfterTheEnd world, they reach the top of their LayeredCity LayeredMetropolis and find...nothing. The two eat their last bit of food, go to sleep and are heavily implied to pass on during their slumber from the reveal that their journey was ultimately pointless.
13th Jan '18 4:17:36 AM TroperBeDoper
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* Heavily implied to be the fates of the protagonists of ''Manga/GirlsLastTour''. After a perilous journey through their AfterTheEnd world, they reach the top of their LayeredCity and find...nothing. The two eat their last bit of food, go to sleep and are heavily implied to pass on during their slumber from the reveal that their journey was ultimately pointless.
6th Jan '18 10:21:14 PM Pamina
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* In most versions of ''Literature/BeautyAndTheBeast'', the Beast nearly dies of despair when Beauty fails to come back from her visit home at the time she promised and he thinks she's abandoned him. Only her belated arrival and AnguishedDeclarationOfLove save his life (and turn him human again).
6th Jan '18 10:10:54 PM Pamina
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** Literature/TheTalmud says after Sarah was informed by an angel that Isaac was to be sacrificed, she became so overcome with grief that she died.

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** In Genesis, the chapter immediately after the Binding of Isaac concerns the death of his mother Sarah. The actual text doesn't link the two events, but Literature/TheTalmud says that after Sarah was informed by an angel that Isaac was to be sacrificed, she became so overcome with grief that she died.
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