Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Hot-Shoe Shuffling off This Mortal Coil

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Hot-Shoe Shuffling off This Mortal Coil

Article excerpt

AGEING Aunt Mildred, at 93, was particularly despondent about the recent death of her husband. She decided she would kill herself and join him in death.

Thinking it would be best to get it over with quickly, she took out her husband's old army pistol and decided to shoot herself in the heart, since it was badly broken.

Not wanting to miss and become an incapacitated burden, she called her doctor's office to inquire exactly where her heart would be.

The doctor said, "Your heart would be just below your left breast."

Later that night Mildred was admitted to hospital with a gunshot wound to her knee. Boom-tish!

Now that's an ordinary email joke doing the rounds but it piqued my curiosity about this notion of a broken heart actually causing death.

Earlier this year an old friend, Maureen, died of multiple brain tumours at age 70. Her husband passed away three months later, his body found crumpled beside the old marital bed by a worried neighbour. …

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