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Elderly Italian couple commit suicide over economic plight

Elderly Italian couple commit suicide over economic plight
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Italy’s worsening poverty gap is being blamed for a triple tragedy. An elderly couple have committed suicide apparently because of their failure to make ends meet on 500 euros income a month.

Anna-Maria Sopranzi, 68 and her husband Romeo Dionisi, 62, are among thousands of sextagenarians left without any state pensions or benefits because of Italy’s austerity measures.

A neighbour of the couple who lived in the town of Civitanova Marche, on the Adriatic coast, described the pair as “a quiet, normal family.”

They left a note on a friend’s car asking forgiveness for their extreme gesture, police said.

The mayor of the town, Tommaso Claudio Corvatta, said the couple committed suicide because they were too proud to ask for help, and declared Saturday a day of mourning.

The couple’s bodies were found in their garage were they killed themselves.

After learning of his sister’s death, Sopranzi’s brother, Giuseppe, 72, threw himself into the sea and drowned. Authorities later recovered his body.