Couple married 65 years die holding hands in double euthanasia

- Nic and Trees Elderhorst, both 91, died holding hands and surrounded by family and friends in the Netherlands after 65 years of marriage. What makes their story stand out: The couple died through a double euthanasia.

Though the Netherlands was the first country to legalize euthanasia 15-years-ago, the Telegraph reports that a double euthanasia such as this is rare.

The couple came to the decision as their health was deteriorating; Nic had a stroke in 2012 and found his mobility reduced, while Trees had difficulty walking and was suffering from dementia.

Were Nic to die first, the family says, Trees would have ended up in a nursing home.

"Something which she desperately did not want. Dying together was their deepest wish," says one daughter.

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