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US couple married for 73 years die together

US couple married for 73 years die together
US Couple Presley and Ethel Bradshaw
Kentucky couple Presley and Ethel Bradshaw were married for 73 years when they died just hours apart from one another.

Ethel, 99, had been in a nursing home for the past four years because of poor health and dementia, the Huffington Post reports.

But 101-year-old Presley used to visit her several times a week, until he moved into the home two years ago so he could spend every day with his wife.

Employees at the Meadowview Health and Rehab Centre said the Bradshaws were still madly in love up until their deaths on Monday.

"[He would] hold her hand, kiss her all over, tell her how much he loved and missed her," Shannon Bass, the director of the Louisville nursing home, said.

"He was there to hold her hand, he would tuck her in bed at night and give her a kiss every night."

As Ethel’s health deteriorated, Presley could often be heard complimenting his wife.

"They were a true epitome of the word love," nurse Chasity Stoudemire said.

Presley died first and Ethel followed him four hours later.

They had been married since October 21, 1938. 

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