Suicides In Italy Linked To Economic Worries

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ITALY (CNN) -- An Italian couple burdened by their country's economic downturn hanged themselves, and the woman's brother -- after learning of their deaths -- threw himself into the Adriatic Sea and died, CNN affiliate RAI reported Friday.

Romeo Dionisi, 62, and his wife, Annamaria Sopranzi, 68, were found by neighbors in the coastal city of Civitanova Marche, and police told RAI that the family's financial difficulties led to the suicides.

Rescuers pulled Joseph Sopranzi, the woman's brother, from the water but could not revive him, according to RAI.

Civitanova Marche Mayor Thomas Claudio Corvatta has declared Saturday a day of mourning.

"This bereavement affects the community in a time of particular economic and social difficulties, which involves the entire national community," Corvatta said on his website.

Laura Boldrini, speaker of Italy's lower house of parliament, said on her website that the tragedy illustrates "the despair of many due to the shame of poverty."

Italy is mired in its longest economic recession in 20 years.

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