Description Image representing the tragic life of Janet Bradley, who 'died of a broken heart'. Janet Bradley was my great Grandmother.More than 100 years after her death, the true story of the unravelling of her life culminating in her death in a lunatic asylum was discovered.Her life unravelled with the death of her husband at sea, and the death of her last child a couple of months later. Her last child was born prematurely, - perhaps as a result of the shock of the tragic news of her husbands death. Within ten years her other children were either dead from tuberculosis, or being raised by relatives. As she fell apart - her only coping mechanism was drink. She drank herself to death,.. perhaps driven to it by her broken heart.