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11th Nov '16 10:53:13 AM Morgenthaler
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* UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt was quite sickly and in very poor health, and not to mention his life wasn't the easiest (his mother Mittie and his first wife Alice died ''within less than a day'', and poor Alice went out through DeathByChildbirth), but overcame it with with [[{{Determinator}} pure]] {{Badass}} and force of will. When [[ParentalFavoritism his favorite son]] [[TheAce Quentin]] died in UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, shot down behind German lines in 1918, that will failed, and years of poor health hit him like a sack of bricks. He died less than a year later.

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* UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt was quite sickly and in very poor health, and not to mention his life wasn't the easiest (his mother Mittie and his first wife Alice died ''within less than a day'', and poor Alice went out through DeathByChildbirth), but overcame it with with [[{{Determinator}} pure]] {{Badass}} pure badassery and force of will.will]]. When [[ParentalFavoritism his favorite son]] [[TheAce Quentin]] died in UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, shot down behind German lines in 1918, that will failed, and years of poor health hit him like a sack of bricks. He died less than a year later.
5th Nov '16 2:21:41 PM Minni128
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* Stress-induced cardiomyopathy AKA "Broken Heart Syndrome" can cause your heart to fail.

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* Stress-induced cardiomyopathy AKA "Broken Heart Syndrome" can cause your heart to fail.fail, however, it's rare for that to happen.
1st Nov '16 7:22:23 PM Doodler
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** [[https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/affectionado/201308/what-lack-affection-can-do-you Touch deprivation]], or the lack of skin contact with other human beings, is a similar condition that occurs in all ages. It's not fatal like it would be in infants but it does weaken the immune system and worsen mental and physical health overall, and it's an especially bad problem in countries where casual skin contact is not socially acceptable. An alternate term for it is skin hunger, since skin contact is not just something the person wants but something they need to function.
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''
** Implied to be
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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