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MH17 victim’s father dies of ‘broken heart’

A woman takes a photograph of wreckage at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 near the village of Hrabove (Grabovo), Donetsk region July 26, 2014. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

THE HAGUE: Downed Flight MH17 has claimed another victim in a 93-year-old man who succumbed to the “indescribable grief” of losing his daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren in the crash, family have said.

Hendrik Palm, from the northern Dutch town of Roden, died “after the indescribable grief of losing his daughter, Erla (Palm), son-in-law Rob (van der Linde) and grandchildren Merel and Mark” in the Malaysia Airlines crash, family members said in a death notice carried by De Stentor regional newspaper.

The notice, to be found on a link from the paper’s website, said Palm died Tuesday, five days after the crash that claimed the lives of 298 people including 193 Dutch citizens.

Signed by the families Palm and Bruggeman, the name of the patriarch’s deceased wife, the notice also paid tribute “in loving memory” to the family of four who died when the plane was shot down over conflict-torn east Ukraine. Dutch newspapers have reported that the four, also from Roden, were on their way to Malaysia for a holiday.

Erla Palm had been the infirm, elderly widower’s only daughter and key caregiver, her cousin told regional broadcaster RTV Drenthe.

Several people posted online condolences Sunday in sympathy with the family tragedy.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on July 28, 2014, on page 11.

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