83-year-old identical twins die hours apart

83-year-old identical twins die hours apart. 9NEWS at 10 p.m. 10/14/15

KUSA - It's a life story that began together 83 years ago, and came to a end on the exact same day.

Identical twins, Helen Mae Cook and Clara Mae Mitchel, passed away within twelve hours of one another on October 13th.

Ever since the day they were born, the twins shared a special bond.

Helen and Clara were born on February 2, 1932 in Fort Lupton.

"They were born prematurely and weren't expected to make it," said Marsha Gerber, Helen's daughter. "They always had an incredible connection. I think it began there."

It's that unique connection that their family believes kept them close for 83 years, until the very last day.

Around 4:30 Tuesday morning, Clara passed away from a heart attack at a hospital in Littleton. Later that evening, her twin Helen died after a 6-year battle with Alzheimer's disease.

Gerber said the timing of their deaths could not be a coincidence.

"God brought them into this world together, and they were taken at the same time," said Gerber "It's how they would have wanted it. Helen met Clara in heaven."

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