Carol Lisle, 84, who was living with dementia and Parkinson’s disease, died on Monday morning in her Mandurah aged care facility.
While her partner of more than 15 years, Ralph “Terry” Gibbs was killed in a car accident two days later.
This tragic ending to their love story comes less than a week after Mr Gibbs received a seven-month suspended sentence for taking Ms Lisle from her Western Australian aged care home earlier this year before the pair were found at the Northern Territory border.
Ms Lisle required urgent medical attention after the incident.
Mr Gibbs was initially charged with deprivation of liberty and endangering life but eventually pled guilty to the lesser charge of unlawfully detaining a mentally ill person.
It was revealed that the couple had been in a 15-year relationship and actually lived together on the Gold Coast in Queensland before Ms Lisle’s goddaughter brought the elderly woman to Perth.
Following the court ruling last week, Mr Gibbs told reporters that his “little sweetheart” had been taken to Perth by her goddaughter while he was recovering from an illness in Cairns hospital.
There have been allegations by those close to Mr Gibbs that he did have Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) for Ms Lisle in Queensland where they lived together, but Mr Gibbs’ EPA was not recognised in Perth.
In the days leading up to the couple’s deaths, Mr Gibbs feared that he would never see Ms Lisle again after a restraining order was put in place, which prevented him from contacting her.
According to Queensland police, Mr Gibbs died yesterday morning after his vehicle collided with a ute while heading north on the Bruce Highway.
Mr Gibbs died at the scene, while the passenger of the ute was airlifted to hospital and is still believed to be in a serious condition.