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10th Mar '17 9:51:17 PM treehugger0369
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'''Administrivia/NoRealLifeExamplesPlease We really don't need a mess of gushing and "Poor X!" gossip.'''

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TruthInTelevision, to an extent; there is a phenomenon known as "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Takotsubo_cardiomyopathy Broken Heart Syndrome]]" where sudden, excessive stress can weaken the cardiac muscle, which can lead to heart attacks and acute heart failure. It's rare, but not impossible. That said, '''Administrivia/NoRealLifeExamplesPlease We really don't need a mess of gushing and "Poor X!" gossip.'''
28th Feb '17 10:40:42 AM CumbersomeTercel
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** Larry Marvick in the episode "Is There in Truth No Beauty?".
** A RedShirt in "[[Recap/StarTrekS1E4TheNakedTime The Naked Time]]" tried to commit suicide, [[InterruptedSuicide was stopped before he seriously hurt himself]],then died anyway because he couldn't summon the will to fight off the minor infection of the wound.

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** Larry Marvick in the episode "Is "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS3E5IsThereInTruthNoBeauty}} Is There in Truth No Beauty?".
Beauty?]]".
** A RedShirt in "[[Recap/StarTrekS1E4TheNakedTime The Naked Time]]" tried to commit suicide, [[InterruptedSuicide was stopped before he seriously hurt himself]],then himself]], then died anyway because he couldn't summon the will to fight off the minor infection of the wound.
2nd Feb '17 6:32:23 PM DoctorCooper
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24th Jan '17 9:11:07 AM Nohbody
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24th Jan '17 9:10:48 AM Nohbody
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* Stress-induced cardiomyopathy AKA "Broken Heart Syndrome" can cause your heart to fail, however, it's rare for that to happen.
* 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 [[NutritionalNightmare poorly]] or [[ForgetsToEat not at all]], not bother taking prescribed medication, etc), possibly starting a downward spiral toward death.
* Horace Greeley, 1872 candidate for President, knew he would be defeated in the election (thanks to the way votes were counted then, the winner was apparent before the official count of the electoral college). On top of that, his wife died shortly before the election and he lost control of his beloved newspaper, the Tribune to Whitelaw Reid's New York Herald. Greeley descended into madness and even confronted Reid on the street. Soon after, Greeley literally died of a broken heart before the electoral college met to count the votes.
* 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 badassery 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.
* Victor Frankl, in his book ''Man's Search For Meaning'', described how some people he'd known in Nazi concentration camps gave up after a while and stopped doing anything. Within a week or two, they'd just die.
* Creator/ToshiroMifune reportedly got a heart-attack or stroke from Karōshi, also known as "Death by Over Work," but did not die. He did, however, spend his life after that in the care of his estranged wife, fellow actress Sachiko Yoshimine, until she died from pancreatic cancer; he would die two years later from multiple organ failure. Before Sachiko had been diagnosed, it was reported his health was returning, but after her death, his health quickly and rapidly declined. Some believe that he ''did'' eventually die because Sachiko was no longer with him, having simply lost the will to live.
* Babies can possibly die if not held enough... seriously. Since they're babies it's hard to get concrete evidence as to why this happens, but many people think that it's because they don't feel loved. The experiments that proved this (made, of course, ''long'' before modern ethics standards) dubbed it "failure to thrive". [[note]](But don't panic if your pediatrician says your kid has failure to thrive. That's now a catch-all term for any kid significantly underweight who doesn't have some other disease to explain it.)[[/note]]
** [[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.
* Some believe that this is what ultimately killed Music/JohnnyCash; His death came mere months after his beloved wife [[HappilyMarried June Carter Cash]] died.
* Marcus Ringrose, the longtime husband of Mary Tamm (the first Romana on ''Series/DoctorWho''), died of a heart attack a mere few hours after delivering her eulogy in August 2012.
* Chang and Eng Bunker, otherwise known as the original [[ConJoinedTwins Siamese Twins]], lived a fairly prosperous life, swapping between running a plantation and exhibitioning themselves (they were the first Siamese Twins, after all). One day, Chang died while he and his brother were sleeping; when Eng awoke, he was consumed with grief, wrapped himself around his brother, refused to let surgeons separate the two of them, and died three hours later. He's reported to have said "He's my brother. We've been together from before we were born. I simply won't live without him."
* Theo, an army sniffer dog, [[http://www.oregonlive.com/today/index.ssf/2011/03/british_soldier_spaniel_--_both_killed_in_war_zone_--_brought_home_for_burial.html died hours after his handler was killed in a firefight]], despite being a healthy young dog who wasn't injured himself.
* Apes can die of loneliness. Keeping one in a cage all by itself is not recommended.
** Apparently it can happen to elephants too.
** Come to that, there are many animals that can die after the loss of their mate.
*** Many species that are naturally social are more likely to have health issues and shorter lifespans if kept alone. Guinea pigs and rats already have short life expectancies (5-8 years for a guinea pig, 2-3 for a rat), which often are cut even shorter if not kept with at least one other of the same species. Dogs are better able to accept human interaction as a full-time substitute, as are cats [[note]]Which are most accurately described as "solitary but social," meaning that they aren't strictly a communal species but usually seek out and benefit from at least some social interaction, whether from other cats or another species.[[/note]] who are used to being around people.
* Music/{{Rush}} drummer Neil Peart's wife, Jackie. When their daughter, Serena, died in a 1997 car crash, Jackie was devastated and talked of committing suicide. A few months later, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and died less than a year after their daughter. Neil has said that Jackie "died of a broken heart".
* One of the most famous examples may be Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce, a Native American tribe. The Nez Perce had faced difficulties from white settlers who wanted their land, but had made deals with the government to preserve their homeland. Everything came crashing down in 1877, when they were forcibly removed from their lands. Chief Joseph led his tribe through the mountains to reach Canada, with troops pursuing him along the way. After months of fighting and running, the Nez Perce surrendered, their numbers devastated. Joseph gave the surrendering speech, and was imprisoned and spent the remainder of his life on a reservation. At his death in 1904, his doctor declared it to be "from a broken heart."
* David White, who played Larry Tate on ''Bewitched'', had a son named Jonathan. He, along with everyone else aboard Pan-AM 103 (in the air over Lockerbie), were killed by Libyan terrorists on December 21, 1988. David took time off to mourn his son's passing (something he never seemed to move on from), and eventually died two years later, just as he was about to make a comeback.
* When Alexander Onassis Livanos died in a plane crash (which is still the center of many conspiracy theories), both of his parents Aristotle and Athina aka Tina died ''within the two next years'' -- Tina perished of a drug overdose in Paris, Aristotle fell victim to complications of his already bad health in Neuilly. In the specific case of Onassis Sr., many people have said or written that Alexander's death was the end for him in terms of his desire to go on living, [[DespairEventHorizon that he died in all but fact along with Alexander.]]
* In 1914, [[UsefulNotes/ThePope Pope St. Pius X]] was already old and had never recovered from a heart attack he suffered the year before. He fell into a deep depression after [[MyGreatestFailure he was unable]] to stop UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, and died of another heart attack ''less than a month'' after its outbreak.
* [[UsefulNotes/TheMiddleAges Thirteenth century]] nobleman Guilhem d'Estoc died immediately after he learned that his bride and [[KissingCousins cousin]], Princess Barbe of Baux, succumbed to an illness. She was actually in a comatose state (difficult to distinguish from death at the time) and woke up the day of their funerals. [[TearJerker Her fiancé did not]] and Barbe finished her life in a [[TakingTheVeil convent.]]
* The brothers who founded Dodge Motors, John and Horace Dodge, died within a year of each other, with Horace being so affected by John's death that it supposedly hastened his own.
* 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.
* In December 2016, one day after Creator/CarrieFisher's death from complications of a heart attack, her mother, Creator/DebbieReynolds, suffered a fatal stroke. Her {{last words}} were, according to Todd Fisher, "I want to be with Carrie".
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15th Jan '17 8:45:55 AM LordGro
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* ''Literature/TheSagaOfTheFaroeIslanders'': When top villain Thrand hears that his nephews Sigurd, Thord and Gaut have all been killed in the FinalBattle, he dies of grief. According to the internal timeline, he must be beyond 80 years of age at the time.
5th Jan '17 6:48:28 AM bedrockperson
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*Literature/TheBible
** Literature/TheTalmud says after Sarah was informed by an angel that Isaac was to be sacrificed, she became so overcome with grief that she died.
** Some argue that a broken heart, in addition to crucifixion, are responsible for the death of Jesus.
29th Dec '16 7:25:15 PM Premonition45
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* One day after Creator/CarrieFisher's death from complications of a heart attack, her mother, Creator/DebbieReynolds, suffered a fatal stroke. Her {{last words}} were, according to Todd Fisher, "I want to be with Carrie".

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* One In December 2016, one day after Creator/CarrieFisher's death from complications of a heart attack, her mother, Creator/DebbieReynolds, suffered a fatal stroke. Her {{last words}} were, according to Todd Fisher, "I want to be with Carrie".
28th Dec '16 11:03:18 PM wolftickets1969
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* One day after Creator/CarrieFisher's death from complications of a heart attack, her mother, Creator/DebbieReynolds, suffered a fatal stroke. Her {{last words}} were, according to Todd Fisher, "I want to be with Carrie".
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