A Couple Die Minutes Apart After Nearly 70 Years Of Marriage, Livia Fortuna cried out for Giuseppe — her dear husband — moments after his death only to succumb to her own broken heart.
The Italian pair, Giuseppe and Livia Fortuna, died within one hour of each other after 69 years of marriage after falling in love in Rome.
Even though she had come to terms with his death, she became extremely emotional when she learned that it had happened. Nurses tried to calm her while she cried for her husband. Giuliana DiGeronimo, another daughter, said, “My mother was in shock to hear that my father had just died. She couldn’t breathe and she was having a fit, even though she was on oxygen. Everybody used to say how much they loved each other and how my father was always trying to help my mother.”
Psychiatric experts claim that it is possible for Livia to have died of extreme depression, but it is more likely that she refused medicine that was keeping her alive. Munzenmair realized that the couple needed each other, saying, “That was the end of the love story. She had to follow him.”
Giuseppe suffered from dementia and cancer for the last few years of his life while his wife was dealing with chronic obstructive lung disease. They lived together at the Smith House Health Care Center in Stamford, Connecticut. Giuseppe was 91 years old and his wife was 86.