The modern dating game has changed a lot from what it used to be. Online dating and careless relationships now saturate the world of dating, which makes it difficult to find a genuine love story that has real depth to it. Though every now and again, true love shows up to let us know that such a thing does still exist. After spending an inspiring 71 years of marriage together, Herbert DeLaigle (age 94) and Marilyn Frances DeLaigle (age 88) died only 12 hours apart.
72 year love story
“Frances worked at a little cafe we had in Waynesboro named White Way Cafe,” said Herbert DeLaigle in an interview last year with CNN affiliate WRDW/WAGT. “I kept seeing her going in and out, in and out and I had my eyes set on her. And then I finally got up the nerve to ask her if she would go out with me sometime.”
According to the affiliate, the couple spent their first date going to the movies, and just one year later, the love struck couple got married. Marilyn spent six years in Germany with her husband who was in the army during the second world war. Herbert was also in the Korean and Vietnamese wars. He retired after a little more than two decades of service. The couple had 6 children, 16 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren.
Death by heartbreak
“Broken heart syndrome – which is, in fact, a real thing – is when someone finds out some shocking news, typically terrible news, and there’s a massive release of these stress hormones that are released into the bloodstream, and the heart is then bombarded with these stress hormones,” says Matthew Lorber, a psychiatrist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York.
Extreme emotional stress can create a rapid weakening of the heart, which can sometimes result in a type of heart attack.