STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A woman who was widowed in the World Trade Center attack committed suicide this week, and a friend said she had "just lost her will to live."
Pat Flounders, 51, had been at home watching television Sept. 11 when she saw a jet hit the north tower. She called her husband, Joe Flounders, 46, and told him to leave his office on the 84th floor of the trade center's south tower.
He told her he would -- after he helped a co-worker who was hysterical and in shock. The south tower was struck by hijackers minutes later.
"She was so distraught. She just lost her will to live; she lost hope," said Kelly Lewis, who helped Pat Flounders gather personal documents after her husband's death.
She died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at her home Monday, Monroe County Coroner Dave Thomas said. Her body was found by a friend.
"She died as a result of the collapse of the twin towers just as surely as if she had been standing next to Joe on September 11," Dean Curry, a family friend, told The New York Times.
"Right after the disaster, she said many times that she just wanted Joe to come home," Curry said. "But lately she would be saying, 'I want to be with my husband."'
She leaves a grown son from another marriage and two grandchildren.
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