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Emotional tributes have been paid to a 'totally devoted' couple who died in a "suicide pact" at their retirement village.
The loving couple were found dead in their flat at the sheltered housing scheme they stayed in back in January.
Peter White, 72, and his wife Diana, 74, were found to have died from a drug overdose with a note that said they were "determined to not carry on in this life".
An inquest into their deaths earlier in the month ruled that they had deliberately taken their own lives and did so "jointly".
Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, their family said that the couple "led a pure life" and "didn't want to go without each other".
The couple were described by their close relatives as "very quiet people" who "kept themselves to themselves".
Peter's niece Deborah Allen added: "But they were very, very close and totally devoted to each other, that always came through.
"Ultimately they led a very pure life. They were very much into saving the environment.
"So much so they made it clear they did not want to have a funeral for environmental reasons.
"They became vegan many years ago. Peter was very involved with the Vegan Organic Network.
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"The last time I saw them was a long, long time ago.
"But we just have the feeling that they were taken too soon."
Deborah said the circumstances of their death had left their family in shock and immense sadness.
She said: "We weren't told initially how they had died and when we did find out it was very close to the anniversary of my dad's death, so it brought a lot of emotion to the surface.
"But at least we know they are now at peace."
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A joint inquest into Mr and Mrs White's deaths was held at South Manchester Coroner's Court in Stockport on June 14.
The inquest heard that Mr White had suffered two mini-strokes and was admitted into hospital before being discharged to have a follow-up appointment.
Mrs White was suffering from mobility problems and painful joints, the inquest heard.
The couple reportedly "both seemed fine" when they last spoke to their sheltered housing scheme manager on December 18 last year.
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But a neighbour allegedly became concerned when he didn't hear any noise from the flat over the Christmas period and a card remained unmoved from their letterbox.
Their bodies may have been there "for some time", the inquest heard.
Detective Inspector Matthew Gregory, who was in charge of the investigation, said in a statement that there was "no evidence they were anything other than a loving couple."
He added that there was "no evidence that this anything other than a suicide pact or a joint act both were a party to."
He said: "It seems fitting to undertake the inquests into the deaths of Mr and Mrs White jointly, in reflection of the manner in which they both lived their lives and they died.
"The evidence before me suggests Mr and Mrs White were a devoted couple who lived quietly and with relatively little contact with the outside world."
For emotional support, you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.
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