Study: people really die of broken hearts

(Image by ThinkStock Photos)(Image by ThinkStock Photos)In totally heart-breaking news, a team of researchers found evidence that people die of broken hearts. It's called the "Widowhood effect" and it's claimed the lives of spouses in mourning, both young and old. The St. Andrews University study found that 40 percent of women and 26 percent of men they surveyed died within three years of losing their partner. What's more, 12 of the people in their study died on the exact same day.

Based on the 58,000 married couples they followed since 1991, causes of death ranged from cancer and heart disease to suicide and accidents. "The key message is that it doesn't matter what causes of death you look at there is still a widowhood effect," Paul Boyle, the study's lead researcher told the Daily Mail. "We now have robust evidence that the widowhood effect does exist and that people who lose a partner deserve support because it can leave them in a vulnerable situation."

For those suffering from loss, The National Resource Directory has a comprehensive list of grief counseling services around the country.