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2 GIVE $10 MILLION, THEN COMMIT SUICIDE

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A Florida couple facing the ravages of old age and disease committed suicide last week rather than risk squandering on steep health-care costs the $10 million fortune they planned to leave to their church, authorities said Tuesday.

Police found the bodies of Richard and Helen Brown, age 79 and 76, in their gray 1988 Cadillac Deville in the garage of their Fort Lauderdale home Dec. 5. A police spokeswoman said officers quickly determined the deaths were a dual suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning."They left a few notes. Their last will and testament was out in a package," she said. "It was definitely evident that day that it was a well-thought-out and planned suicide."

The devout, childless couple has been married for 53 years and planned to leave their estate to the United Church of Christ for missionary work.

They were apparently concerned that health-care costs would consume their fortune after learning that Helen Brown had Alzheimer's disease in addition to continuing treatment for Richard Brown's severe arthritis.