Elderly couple commits suicide by jumping out of their window so they are not sent to different nursing homesBy Mason White 10:26 AM February 16, 2014
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By: Hydar Tomar
A couple who were madly in love, decided to die together.
Royston Smith, 91, and his wife Glenys, 88, of Bournemouth, England, were inseparable.
They had been married for 67 years. Their health was in decline, and the two needed constant care.
The couple was struggling to maintain their independence because of their poor health. They had told their friends that they were terrified of being sent to separate nursing homes.
The thought of being separated from each other was too much for the great-grandparents, who decided to end their lives together rather than being separated.
The elderly couple jumped to their deaths from their second floor apartment after leaving a suicide note to their sons.
The couple climbed out of their bedroom window and fell 30 feet to the ground.
Police investigating the death found a note written to their two sons, in marker on a whiteboard in the kitchen, saying: “Sorry boys. This is the best way. Too much pain.”
They were found the next morning lying face down under their open window, side by side.
The couple died of traumatic injuries from the fall. The cause of deaths was ruled as suicides.