Newspaper article The Canadian Press

'No Ill Will': Dead Woman's Family Blames 'Hideous Illness,' Defends Husband

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

'No Ill Will': Dead Woman's Family Blames 'Hideous Illness,' Defends Husband

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Dead senior's family defends husband

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CALGARY - Siblings of a senior found dead in her home last month say a hideous illness, and not her husband of 56 years, is to blame.

Audrey van Zuiden, 80, was found Oct. 4 in the Calgary home she shared with Fred van Zuiden, who is charged with second-degree murder.

Loved ones say the husband has long suffered from dementia, and a psychiatrist told a courtroom last month he agrees that's likely to be the case.

The woman's brother, Victor Brent, and sister, Josephine Tucker, issued a written statement as friends and family held a celebration of life for her in Calgary on Monday.

The siblings, who live in the United Kingdom, say they are naturally saddened by their sister's death.

"However, we fully appreciate that this was wholly a consequence of a hideous illness."

They added that the van Zuidens enjoyed a long, fruitful and happy marriage and were a devoted and inseparable couple.

"We enjoyed a Skype call with Audrey a few days prior to the accident and she was her ever exuberant and enthusiastic self," they wrote. …

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