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Lovers die in Romeo and Juliet tragedy.

Two young lovers took their own lives in a Romeo and Juliet-style tragedy, it emerged yesterday.

Frances Grieve, aged 21, originally from Kirkcaldy, had been due to marry her Italian sweetheart Francesco Biz, aged 24, at a ceremony in Italy on June 8.

But Frances was found hanging from a balcony just weeks before the wedding was due to take place in Cortina, her family said.

Six days later, Frances' fiance was found hanging after he had expressed his desire to be with his partner 'in heaven', her family said.

Last night, speaking from their home in Fife, Frances' parents Mike, aged 51, and Ruth, aged 42, said the couple had been madly in love with each other.

But they said their daughter had been worried that she could not afford her dream of a traditional Italian wedding, and felt she was letting her family down.

And Mr Grieve said Francesco had confided to a relative about his pain at losing Frances. He said: 'He told a cousin that Frances was his first love and the only one he wanted. He said he wanted to be with her in heaven.'

He added: 'I think she was really ashamed that we were ready to go to Italy for the wedding and she wasn't able to provide us with what she hoped to provide us with.

'I think what she did was because of financial reasons. They had bitten off more than they could chew.'

Frances, who worked as a care assistant after leaving school in Perth, moved to Italy in January 1997 to start a new life.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Jun 26, 2001
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