Vincent Ostrom has passed away at age 92

Very sad, two weeks after the death of his wife Elinor, there is a report here.

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Are there studies of the correlation of marital duration and dying within a short period of one another? It seems common, but is it?

Another correlation seems deaths right after birthdays or festivals.

I'm not familiar with the literature, but your comment made me curious. Here's one paper:

http://jech.highwire.org/content/50/3/264.full.pdf

There is a medical reason for it.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broken_heart_syndrome

"Next door there's an old man who lived to his nineties and one day
passed away in his sleep,
and his wife, she stayed for a couple of days, and passed away

I'm sorry I know that's a strange way to tell you that I know we belong,

That I know."

In some Asian societies it appears that mostly aged widowers die soon after the demise of the spouse. This is popularly attributed to the "total dependence of husbands on their wives even for a cup of tea" as someone put it. In fact. I know Asian women who used to express the wish of dying before their husbands out of anxiety that the men cannot take care of themselves. Again all this is anecdotal and I wonder if any study examined it scientifically

This also explains it.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broken_heart_syndrome

They were together for over 50 years. I'd say that the partnership could not survive the loss of one partner.

They were also -- IMO, talking to Lin -- quite in love with each other, so it's probably for the best.

RIP

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