UNION SQUARE — An elderly bed-ridden mother and her daughter were found dead in their East 16th Street apartment Tuesday afternoon, police and neighbors said.
Police doing a wellness check found the pair, ages 94 and 70, in their home at 145 E. 16th St., near Third Avenue, about 2:24 p.m., NYPD officials said. Neither of their names was immediately released.
Both women died of heart disease, according to the city's Medical Examiner — the daughter of hypertensive heart disease and the mother of atherosclerotic and hypertensive heart disease.
The pair had lived there since the 1960s, but the mother's health had been failing and she depended on her daughter, neighbors said.
"The mother was bedridden. She had trouble walking. Her eyesight had failed," said neighbor Melissa Eagan.
"She was a salt-of-the-earth woman. She used to cat sit a lot. She was a die-hard liberal, very pronounced in her views. She loved Obama," she added.
Her daughter loved music and often traveled to hear it, neighbors said.
"She loved choral singing. She went to concerts and went to England to hear choral concerts," Eagan said.