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In Real-Life “Notebook” Tragedy, Couple Dies Holding Hands

Well, this is the most tragically romantic story you’ll certainly read all week. Last week, Gordon Yeager, 94, and his wife Norma, 90 — who lived together for 72 years – were involved in a car accident and died one hour apart, holding hands in adjoining hospital beds. 

“They always did everything together,” their daughter said. “They weren’t apart. They just weren’t.”

Following the car crash, Gordon passed away first, but his heart monitor continued to register a beat. “It was really strange,” said their son. “They were holding hands, and dad stopped breathing but I couldn’t figure out what was going on because the heart monitor was still going. But we were like, he isn’t breathing. How does he still have a heart beat? The nurse checked and said that’s because they were holding hands and it’s going through them. Her heart was beating through him and picking it up.” Norma died an hour later. [ABC News]

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