Toronto seniors in double suicide heartbreak

The coroner arrives at 63 Widdicombe Hill Blvd. in the Kipling and Eglinton Aves. after the...

The coroner arrives at 63 Widdicombe Hill Blvd. in the Kipling and Eglinton Aves. after the discovery of the bodies of an elderly couple. (DAVE THOMAS/Toronto Sun)

Chris Doucette,QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:21 PM ET

TORONTO - A heartbreaking love story ended in a tragic double suicide early Tuesday as an elderly couple plunged 18 stories to their deaths at a west-end highrise.

Neighbours claim the woman, 84, was tired of living in severe pain and her ailing husband, 89, refused to live without her, so together they jumped from the balcony of their penthouse apartment in Etobicoke.

“It’s a shock,” one woman, who lives down the hall from the couple and would not give her name, said Tuesday of the suicide pact.

“They were just the most lovely couple on the planet,” she added, wiping tears from her eyes.

When she walked outside in the morning through the lobby -- which is well decorated for Halloween -- and saw the bodies near the bushes next to the front doors, she initially wondered if it was a Halloween prank.

“I thought it was some sort of sick zombie joke,” the woman said. “I didn’t think it was real.”

She soon realized it was the couple who had lived in the highrise for some 20 years.


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