"I think he fought because he thought the team needed him, but he was also tired and he was in pain," he continued.
While Betty and Curtis — who were married for 53 years — were in separate rooms during treatment, they were placed together when they entered comfort care. Blake Throne, an ICU nurse at the hospital, did his best to make that happen, according to CNN.
"It felt like the right thing to do was to get them together," Throne told the outlet. "I started inquiring about if it was even possible and then I started shaking the tree to try to get it done."
Betty died about 20 minutes after they were placed together, and Curtis followed around 45 minutes later.
While they weren't able to speak to each other in their final moments, Tarpley believes his parents were still able to comfort each other.
"I honestly think they were so incapacitated that all they could do was talk with their souls or something, a special unspoken language," he said. "They obviously knew each other well enough that they could communicate without words."
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