October 15, 2015 6:01 pm
Updated: October 15, 2015 6:03 pm

83-year-old Colorado twins die within hours of one another

Eighty-three-year-old identical twins from Colorado died hours apart on Tuesday. From the day they were born, they were inseparable. Christine Noel has the story.


Helen Mae Cook and Clara Mae Mitchel were identical twins born on February 2, 1932 in Fort Lupton, Colorado. And on Tuesday, they died hours apart.

Mitchel passed away around 4:30 a.m. on Oct. 13 from a heart attack. Twelve hours later, Cook died of Alzheimer’s disease, which she had been battling for six years.

Cook’s daughter, Marsha, said the sisters were inseparable from the moment they were born.


“They always, always had a connection,” Marsha told KUSA News. “Something would happen to one of them and the other one would call and say ‘What’s going on?’”

Marsha also added the twins called each other often and visited one another frequently.



About an hour after Mitchel passed away, Marsha found out and told Cook.

“I said, ‘Mom, your sister is waiting for you in heaven and she’ll be the first one to say “hello,’” told Marsha to KUSA. “And she looked at me and smiled.”

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