Couple Married for 53 Years Die of COVID-19 While Holding Hands

July 2, 2020
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    A couple who had been married for over 50 years died of coronavirus within an hour of each other while holding hands.

    Today reported that the elderly couple passed away in Texas, where nearly 6,000 people are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19.

    Earlier this month, Curtis and Betty Tarpley were admitted to Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth. On June 18, the couple died within an hour of each other.

    Married for 53 years, the husband and wife spent their finals moments holding hands as they took their last breaths.

    Tim Tarpley, their son, believes it was beneficial that they both died together.

    "With them both going at the same time, you're not seeing one of them grieve or be sad for the other one," he told NBC DFW. "I think that's very helpful."

    Betty, who was 80, started to show coronavirus symptoms before her 79-year-old husband.

    "My dad would whisper 'Oh, I think she's got that COVID stuff ya know,'" he said.

    Tarpley shared that when he dropped off his parents at the curb of the hospital, it was the saddest thing to watch them walk themselves into the emergency room and then never be able to see them again.

    He was able to communicate with his mother before she died with the help of nurses texting him.

    "I just said that she was a great mom, but she's gonna be a better angel," Tarpley recalled.

    As of June 30, the United States has more than 2.5 million confirmed cases of coronavirus, according to data from John Hopkins University.

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