Double-vaccinated husband and wife who had been married for 50 years die of Covid within 12 hours of each other


A double-vaccinated husband and wife who had been married for 50 years have died of Covid-19 within 12 hours of each other after spending 18 months shielding throughout the pandemic because they both had underlying health conditions.

May Cropley, 71, had been diagnosed with cervical cancer and an autoimmune condition called Good’s syndrome, while her 73-year-old husband John suffered from vasculitis – inflammation of the blood vessels – affecting his lungs.

The couple from Auchtermuchty in Fife, Scotland, ran a business together and were committed Christians who served in ministry together.

They contracted coronavirus around the same time last month, staying in a shared room at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee.

When John died in front of May, she made the decision to refuse her treatment.

Singing Amazing Grace 12 hours after her husband passed away, May also died. They were laid to rest together on Thursday last week.