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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."
12th Mar '16 3:41:59 PM MarleeCross
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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."
25th Feb '16 11:03:06 AM Tyk5919
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* Occurs at the end of ''Literature/ThePigman'', where the eponymous character (having suffered a very ''long'' series of sad events) has a heart attack and dies after finding out that his best friend Bobo died.
24th Feb '16 12:14:57 AM kittenmommy
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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.

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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.prequels, and that's really saying something.
21st Feb '16 12:19:48 AM LordGro
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** Played straight at the end of the novel by Don Quixote, who could not survive his FanDisillusionment. (This is a petty reason to die, it's AnAesop).

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** Played straight at Forced to return to his hometown and lay down his arms by his defeat to the end Knight of the novel by White Moon (really his friend Sansón Carrasco), Don Quixote, who could not survive Quijote falls seriously ill. His friends believe he is dying of despair over his FanDisillusionment. (This is a petty reason to die, it's AnAesop).defeat, but unexpectedly the sickness snaps him out of his delusion, and he expresses relief that he has regained his sanity before dying.
20th Feb '16 5:22:19 PM jamespolk
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* In ''[[Film/ImitationOfLife1934 Imitation of Life]]'', Delilah the black housekeeper weakens and dies of nothing more than despair after her passing-white daughter, Peola, cuts Delilah out of her life so she can continue to pass as white.
9th Feb '16 11:31:34 AM LongLiveHumour
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** Played straight at the end of the novel by Don Quixote, whom could not survive his FanDisillusionment. (This is a petty reason to die, it's AnAesop).

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** Played straight at the end of the novel by Don Quixote, whom who could not survive his FanDisillusionment. (This is a petty reason to die, it's AnAesop).
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