OAP couple killed themselves after husband’s terminal cancer diagnosis because they didn’t want to live without each other


A DEVOTED OAP couple killed themselves because they couldn’t bear to live without each other, an inquest heard.

Howard, 80, and Jacqueline Titterton, 78, made a suicide pact after discovering Howard was suffering from terminal bowel cancer.

An OAP couple killed themselves as they couldn’t bear the thought of living without each other

They jointly signed letters for friends, their solicitor and the police and handed over keys to their home to neighbours so cops could enter.

One letter read: “Neither one of us wishes to live without the other.”

An inquest heard how the couple, who had enjoyed a “great life” together, also labelled items with the names of people they wanted to receive them, Daily Post reports.

They were found dead in their home in St Asaph, Wales, on November 13 last year with a post mortem revealing both died of suffocation a short time apart.

Neither one of us wishes to live without the other

Howard and Jacqueline Titterton

Retired research and development manager Howard was discovered in the bath while Jacqueline was dead in the bedroom.

The court heard Howard had been diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer and was receiving palliative care at home from his former nurse wife.


EVERY 90 minutes in the UK a life is lost to suicide.

It doesn’t discriminate, touching the lives of people in every corner of society – from the homeless and unemployed to builders and doctors, reality stars and footballers.

It’s the biggest killer of people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car crashes.

And men are three times more likely to take their own life than women.

Yet it’s rarely spoken of, a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly rampage unless we all stop and take notice, now.

That is why The Sun launched the You’re Not Alone campaign.

The aim is that by sharing practical advice, raising awareness and breaking down the barriers people face when talking about their mental health, we can all do our bit to help save lives.

Let’s all vow to ask for help when we need it, and listen out for others… You’re Not Alone.

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On the morning they died, their next-door neighbour, county councillor Andrew Thomas, received an envelope containing £500 and a note indicating they had killed themselves.

He said: “I wondered if I was reading what I was.”

His wife Susan, who was given a park-and-ride ticket for Chester the previous day, called 999 as the note instructed.

Childhood friend Anthony Jones, who also received letters on the day they died, said the couple enjoyed travelling – especially cruises.

They had no children and also shared the same hobbies of music and photography.

David Pojur, assistant coroner for North Wales East and Central, recorded a conclusion of suicide.


Councillor Andrew Thomas received a letter from the couple
Denbighshire County Council

If you are affected by any of the issues raised in this article, please call the Samaritans on (free) 116123



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