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13th Jul '16 12:18:06 AM PaulA
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* Common in the works of Creator/VCAndrews, notably Cathy in the ''Literature/FlowersInTheAttic'' series, who dies of a broken heart after Chris is killed in a car accident like their father. In the Landry series, Gabrielle's DeathByChildbirth is suggested to have happened because of her despair at having to give up another of her children.

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* Common in the works of Creator/VCAndrews, notably Cathy in the ''Literature/FlowersInTheAttic'' series, who dies of a broken heart after Chris is killed in a car accident like their father. In the Landry series, Literature/LandrySeries, Gabrielle's DeathByChildbirth is suggested to have happened because of her despair at having to give up another of her children.
8th Jul '16 3:10:31 PM dasuberkaiser
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* In ''Webcomic/NoRestForTheWicked'', [[http://www.forthewicked.net/archive/02-43.html Beauty sees the Beast down]] and is convinced that it's this, and agrees to marry him.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=3526 Slick's problem in Hell is the loss of the will to live.]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', this possibly happens to Dirk in the Game Over timeline. After finding the session destroyed and his friends dead, and believing himself to blame, he apparently allows himself to be dissolved into the cloud of glitches that's slowly overcoming the remains of the session. Only a possible example because It's ambiguous whether this actually "killed" him (though, given the dead-end nature of the timeline, it's arguably more depressing to imagine that he survived), as well as whether his glitching out was partly caused by his "soul-splintering" powers and triggered by the despair he was feeling (thus fitting this trope), or just an accident that happened to conveniently mirror his state of mind for symbolic purposes.
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* In ''Webcomic/NoRestForTheWicked'', [[http://www.forthewicked.net/archive/02-43.html Beauty sees the Beast down]] and is convinced that it's this, and agrees to marry him.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=3526 Slick's problem in Hell is the loss of the will to live.]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', this possibly happens to Dirk in the Game Over timeline. After finding the session destroyed and his friends dead, and believing himself to blame, he apparently allows himself to be dissolved into the cloud of glitches that's slowly overcoming the remains of the session. Only a possible example because It's ambiguous whether this actually "killed" him (though, given the dead-end nature of the timeline, it's arguably more depressing to imagine that he survived), as well as whether his glitching out was partly caused by his "soul-splintering" powers and triggered by the despair he was feeling (thus fitting this trope), or just an accident that happened to conveniently mirror his state of mind for symbolic purposes.
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27th Jun '16 11:25:30 PM 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]].

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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]]. Amazingly, she comes back to life after regaining her hope.
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.
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