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18th Jun '16 7:52:11 PM SteveMB
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* TruthInTelevision to a degree: Depression, stress and lack of "will to live" do appear to weaken the immune system. Mortality rates for the sick and elderly are lower just before birthdays, anniversaries and other events that they want to see - they manage to "hang on" by increased will to live - but worsen afterwards. Articles were published noting the sudden rise in the death rate of 100 years or older people directly after the year 2000 hit, because they wanted to see three centuries. In addition to the weakening of the immune system, someone who doesn't really care whether they live or die is likely to neglect their health (eat poorly or [[ForgetsToEat not at all]], not bother taking prescribed mediation, etc), possibly starting a downward spiral toward death.

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* TruthInTelevision to a degree: Depression, stress and lack of "will to live" do appear to weaken the immune system. Mortality rates for the sick and elderly are lower just before birthdays, anniversaries and other events that they want to see - they manage to "hang on" by increased will to live - but worsen afterwards. Articles were published noting the sudden rise in the death rate of 100 years or older people directly after the year 2000 hit, because they wanted to see three centuries. In addition to the weakening of the immune system, someone who doesn't really care whether they live or die is likely to neglect their health (eat poorly [[NutritionalNightmare poorly]] or [[ForgetsToEat not at all]], not bother taking prescribed mediation, medication, etc), possibly starting a downward spiral toward death.
18th Jun '16 10:03:21 AM Minni128
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-->'''Abe Simpson''': They may say that she died from a ruptured aorta, but I know she really died of a broken heart.

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-->'''Abe Simpson''': They may say that she died from a ruptured aorta, bursted ventricle, but I know she really died of a broken heart.
7th Jun '16 4:14:44 PM Doug86
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* In ''Literature/AndThenThereWereNone'', General Macarthur's wife Leslie died of a broken heart after her lover, Arthur Richmond, falls victim to her husband's UriahGambit in UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne.

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* In ''Literature/AndThenThereWereNone'', General Macarthur's wife Leslie died of a broken heart after her lover, Arthur Richmond, falls victim to her husband's UriahGambit in UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne.UsefulNotes/WorldWarI.
4th Jun '16 10:13:06 AM Gamermaster
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* In episode 10 of ''Anime/SpacePatrolLuluco'', Nova tears out and shatters Luluco's Aflutter Jewel (which is the physical embodiment of her love for him), causing her to [[LiteralMetaphor die of a broken heart]].
3rd Jun '16 11:04:22 PM Hanz
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** Parodied in "Stanley's Cup", where the LittlestCancerPatient's health is tied to the fate of his hockey team and ends up dying when his team of kindergartners are beaten by a professional team, thus causing him to lose the will to live.

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** Parodied in "Stanley's Cup", where the LittlestCancerPatient's health is tied to the fate of his peewee hockey team and ends up dying when team. When he sees his team of kindergartners are get brutally beaten by a professional team, thus causing him to lose the will to live.team on live television, he immediately dies with his final words being "No hope... no hope...".
3rd Jun '16 10:44:05 PM Hanz
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** Parodied in "Stanley's Cup", where the LittlestCancerPatient's health is tied to the fate of his hockey team and ends up dying when his team of kindergartners are beaten by a professional team, thus causing him to lose the will to live.
19th May '16 6:32:02 AM AllenbysEyes88
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* J. Anthony Lukas, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and historian, spent almost a decade working on his final book, ''Big Trouble'', an account of labor strife in early 1900s Idaho centering on the murder of Governor Frank Steunenberg. Lukas, who suffered from depression, became increasingly despondent while revising the book, finding each draft unsatisfactory and losing confidence in his writing ability. In June 1997 he committed suicide, and the book was published posthumously.
24th Apr '16 12:07:17 PM Morgenthaler
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* TheCaptain of ''HMS Ulysses'' in the novel of the same title, the first published work by Alastair [=MacLean=] of ''TheGunsOfNavarone'' fame, suffers a variant of this. Soon after passing over his own personal DespairEventHorizon as his increasingly battered command limps towards the relative safety of Russia along with the dwindling remains of the convoy she and her crew have been struggling to protect, he's found on deck in nothing but his pyjamas and bare feet, [[BodyHorror horribly stricken by frostbite as a result.]] As the narration puts it (paraphrased from memory):

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* TheCaptain of ''HMS Ulysses'' in the novel of the same title, the first published work by Alastair [=MacLean=] of ''TheGunsOfNavarone'' ''Literature/TheGunsOfNavarone'' fame, suffers a variant of this. Soon after passing over his own personal DespairEventHorizon as his increasingly battered command limps towards the relative safety of Russia along with the dwindling remains of the convoy she and her crew have been struggling to protect, he's found on deck in nothing but his pyjamas and bare feet, [[BodyHorror horribly stricken by frostbite as a result.]] As the narration puts it (paraphrased from memory):
18th Mar '16 6:08:26 PM Pichu-kun
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* In the [[WhatCouldHaveBeen beta]] of ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'' Shizune ends up [[HeroicBSOD horribly depressed]] after Misha's death. She ends up in the hospital due to dehydration and in the BadEnd (which occurs if Hisao leaves the hospital) you learn she removed her IV and she ended up dying of dehydration.
13th Mar '16 11:11:57 AM LordGro
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* AnnaNicoleSmith died of a drug overdose just five months after the sudden death of her son, Daniel. According to Howard Stern: "I would say that physically, she died last week, but in a lot of ways, emotionally she died when Daniel died."
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