Couple with inseparable bond die holding hands — after 59 years of marriage

Don and Margaret Livengood lived so inseparably throughout their six decades together that even death couldn’t keep them apart for more than a few hours. The North Carolina couple spent their last moments together holding hands, their fingers entwined in spite of the IV lines and medical tape that covered them. Margaret passed away first. Her husband joined her about nine hours later. The couples daughter brought both parents to the hospital on the same day last month. Pulmonary fibrosis and pneumonia had made it difficult for Don, 84, to breathe. His 80-year-old wife, Margaret, was battling cancer and other ailments.

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