An elderly couple who were married for more than 70 years have died within minutes of each other – while three miles apart. Wilf Russell, 93, died at a care home after battling dementia, which sadly resulted in his no longer recognising his wife.

And wife Vera, 91, passed away at a nearby hospital having become ill since her husband stopped remembering her. Frail Wilf took his final breath at Magna Care Home in Wigston, Leicestershire at 6.50am on Wednesday. And without knowing her beloved husband had died, Vera was pronounced dead four minutes later at Leicester Royal Infirmiry.

Their granddaughter Stephanie Welch said: “I went to visit her at Leicester Royal Infirmary on Sunday and she opened her eyes and asked me where Wilf was. “The last thing she said to me was, ‘We’re a right pair, aren’t we?’ “He died at 6.50am and she died at 6.54am without being told about Wilf. I think she was waiting for him to go. She was broken-hearted.”