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19th Sep '16 7:18:40 PM PaulA
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* In the ''Literature/IncarnationsOfImmortality'' novel ''With A Tangled Skein'', we see this is apparently the reason people die after Atropos cuts their life's thread.

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* In the ''Literature/IncarnationsOfImmortality'' novel ''With A Tangled Skein'', ''Literature/WithATangledSkein'', we see this is apparently the reason people die after Atropos cuts their life's thread.
10th Sep '16 9:48:17 PM eowynjedi
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* ''Literature/WolfHall'' implies that the sudden illness and death of Cardinal Wolsey, being hauled back to London on charges of treason before he even reaches York to live in effective exile, was a result of his anguish. Cromwell describes it as Wolsey being hounded to death.

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* ''Literature/WolfHall'' implies that ''Literature/WolfHall''
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the sudden illness and death cause of Cardinal Wolsey, being hauled Wolsey's sudden decline and death. After an extended and humiliating fall from Henry VIII's favor, he was exiled to York. Being ordered back to London on the way there with charges of treason before he even reaches York to live in effective exile, and probable execution was a result the final shock that finished him.
** When one
of his anguish. Anne's "lovers" claims he might die of this, Cromwell describes reflects bitterly that it's not that easy--''he'' wanted to die after the deaths of his wife, his daughters, and Wolsey, but his body kept on breathing anyway because "God takes your heart of flesh and replaces it as Wolsey being hounded to death.with a heart of stone."
19th Aug '16 5:49:06 PM Premonition45
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* Padme in ''Film/StarWars: Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' suffered this according to the medbot attending her. Watching her husband become Darth Vader was apparently too much and even giving birth to twin future heroes of the galaxy wasn't enough to salvage her will to live. Apparently getting force choked hard enough to break bones wouldn't have killed her if she hadn't given up, though saying "there is still good in him" kinda contradicts that. [[FanWank Fans have their theories of other possible causes for Padme's death.]] Regardless, the whole affair is still seen as one of the worst-written parts of the prequels, and that's really saying something.

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* Padme in ''Film/StarWars: Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' suffered this according to the medbot attending her. Watching her husband become Darth Vader was apparently too much and even giving birth to twin future heroes of the galaxy wasn't enough to salvage her will to live. Apparently getting force choked hard enough to break bones wouldn't have killed her if she hadn't given up, though saying "there is still good in him" kinda contradicts that. [[FanWank Fans have their theories of other possible causes for Padme's death.]] Regardless, the whole affair is still seen as one of the worst-written parts of the prequels, and that's really saying something.]]
16th Aug '16 1:55:08 PM eowynjedi
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* ''Literature/WolfHall'' implies that the sudden illness and death of Cardinal Wolsey, being hauled back to London on charges of treason before he even reaches York to live in effective exile, was a result of his anguish. Cromwell describes it as Wolsey being hounded to death.
10th Aug '16 8:36:44 PM nombretomado
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* In ''[[{{Deryni}} The Bishop's Heir]]'', when Caulay [=MacArdry=] learns of Dhugal's capture, he clutches at his heart and dies within seconds. The news was the last straw for Caulay's already failing health.

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* In ''[[{{Deryni}} ''[[Literature/{{Deryni}} The Bishop's Heir]]'', when Caulay [=MacArdry=] learns of Dhugal's capture, he clutches at his heart and dies within seconds. The news was the last straw for Caulay's already failing health.
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.
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