Sunday, November 02, 2014

Brittany Maynard, as promised, ends her life at 29

This photo provided by Compassion & Choices shows Brittany Maynard. A spokesman for Maynard says she has taken lethal medication prescribed by a doctor and died. Sean Crowley with the group Compassion & Choices said late Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, that Maynard was surrounded by family Saturday when she took the medication. She was weeks shy of her 30th birthday. (AP Photo/Compassion & Choices)
By Lindsey Bever November 2 at 10:41 PM

Brittany Maynard, the terminally-ill 29-year-old who spent her final days advocating death-with-dignity laws, took lethal drugs prescribed by her physician on Saturday and died “as she intended — peacefully in her bedroom, in the arms of her loved ones,” a spokesperson said.

Maynard, who was diagnosed earlier this year with a stage 4 malignant brain tumor, said last month that she planned to die Nov. 1 with help from her doctor.

People reported that she took her life after posting a goodbye message on social media.

“Goodbye to all my dear friends and family that I love. Today is the day I have chosen to pass away with dignity in the face of my terminal illness, this terrible brain cancer that has taken so much from me … but would have taken so much more,” she wrote in a Facebook post.

(More here.)

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