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Joe Auer lived 100 years, surviving the Depression, a stint in World War II, and no fewer than 10 kids. But when his wife of 73 years died last week, that was it. Joe Auer lasted only 28 hours after Helen, 94, reports WPTV. "I think sleeping only one day from Mom, that was enough," explains son Jerry. "He couldn't take it any longer. He said I'm not going to sleep alone again." Their joint funeral was being held today before the same altar where they wed in 1941
originally posted by: WeRpeons
a reply to: silo13
So am I getting this right? Her husband died of a broken heart from natural causes or did he kill himself because of a broken heart? I've heard of spouses dying not long after they lose their better half, but not this quick!
Bonds between two humans can be so beautiful and so tragic when they are broken through the death of one of them.
Broken heart syndrome is one of the many names for takotsubo cardiomyopathy, a rare and temporary condition where part of a person’s heart suddenly becomes weakened or 'stunned' - forcing the rest of the heart to work harder. The condition is also referred to as acute stress cardiomyopathy and apical ballooning syndrome.
What causes it? There are various theories as to what causes the condition. About three quarters of those diagnosed with Takotsubo cardiomyopathy have experienced severe emotional or physical stress prior to becoming unwell, such as bereavement. British Heart Foundation (BHF) says evidence suggests the sudden, excessive release of hormones – usually adrenaline - during these stressful periods causes the ‘stunning’ of part of the heart muscle.