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Husband who held hands with wife in hospital dies before 71st anniversary

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Posted at 1:15 PM, Jan 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-17 13:15:54-05

RICHMOND,Va. — A 92-year-old man whose request to see his wife and hold hands with her in the hospital days before their 71st wedding anniversary went viral has passed away.

John Mullins (family photo)

Family members confirmed that John Mullins, affectionately known as “Popaw,” died Saturday. Mullins’ story spread rapidly on social media when he was photographed holding hands with his 90-year-old wife, Bernice, as they both lay in hospital beds. Bernice had recently been admitted to the hospital where John was being treated. Bernice and John Mullins

The family set up a GoFundMe page to raise money to help pay for John’s funeral and Bernice’s medical care.