Is there any one-word verb, a phrasal verb, or an idiom that means "to die of a broken heart" or "to die of grief/sadness"?


She went through a lot of adversities and grief in the past five years. She ended up divorcing her husband two years after marriage, and lost her daughter in an accident. Her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and the doctors had given up on her.

She couldn't tolerate these horrible incidents, and she finally died at the age of 49.

We can describe her death in these ways:

  1. She died of a broken heart.
  2. She died of grief.
  3. She ..... (a verb/idiom)

(As a matter of fact, this is part of a sad story that happens in the present-day world. One of the characters is a woman who undergoes too many bitter experiences and loss of loved ones. She eventually dies young. People believe that sadness and grieves killed her.)

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    – user140086
    Jul 11, 2016 at 12:33
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    So what is wrong with "die of a broken heart"? It's just too long for you?
    – herisson
    Jul 11, 2016 at 17:48
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    The best I can think of is pine away, but that doesn't necessarily imply dying. Jul 11, 2016 at 18:14
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    Sumelic is really a good person, and his question was a valid one. Allow me to suggest : she lost the will to live, but alas it is made up six words.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Jul 12, 2016 at 0:16
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    Let me ask you this: Why do you think fewer words is better? What is it you're attempting to do?
    – Hot Licks
    Jul 12, 2016 at 0:54

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She finally succumbed to the torment / to the heartbreak(s).

succumb, Dictionary.com

to yield to disease, wounds, old age, etc.; die

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    This answer was automatically flagged as low-quality because of its length and content. This answer does not answer the question. The question is a request for a verb, verb phrase, or idiom that means "to die of a broken heart". Answers which consist of virtually nothing but an unsupported statement or a citation are not useful and may be subject to deletion – even correct answers. For help writing a good answer, see How to Answer.
    – MetaEd
    Jul 11, 2016 at 20:01
  • I added a definition and link to your answer. If you don't like it, just change it. Without a definition, your answer would probably have been deleted fairly soon.
    – ab2
    Jul 12, 2016 at 0:03
  • @ab2 good job, the word succumb is very appropriate, but it needed a definition, and a reference.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Jul 12, 2016 at 0:07
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    Thanks for the help! I just joined this forum yesterday.
    – harry
    Jul 12, 2016 at 16:22

She (just) gave up.

Give up - To resign, surrender; to part with (OED)

  • merriam-webster.com/dictionary/give+up
    – NVZ
    Jul 11, 2016 at 15:37
  • @dan 'give up' doesn't include the element 'die'. My target term has to contain two elements: to die, due to the severity of sadness and grief.
    – Persique
    Jul 11, 2016 at 16:27
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    I don't think there's a single word, no; she would have to "die of a broken heart" or "die of grief" or something Jul 11, 2016 at 18:12
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    Or maybe : She gave up the ghost. Or She gave up on living/life.
    – k1eran
    Jul 11, 2016 at 18:37
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    Maybe not the best possible answer (though the best I can come up with - in context 'give up' can signify lose the will to live (and die).
    – Dan
    Jul 12, 2016 at 0:36

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