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‘Goodbye to all my dear friends’ : Death with dignity advocate Brittany Maynard dies at age 29

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Death with dignity advocate Brittany Maynard, who announced that she would end her life this weekend, reportedly passed away on Saturday at the age of 29, according to People Magazine.

“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 on Facebook. “The world is a beautiful place, travel has been my greatest teacher, my close friends and folks are the greatest givers. I even have a ring of support around my bed as I type … Goodbye world. Spread good energy. Pay it forward!”

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Maynard, who was was diagnosed last spring with stage 4 glioblastoma brain cancer and given six months to live, had moved to Oregon with her family to take advantage of the state’s Death With Dignity Act.

Maynard became the face of a nationwide discussion over the right to take one’s own life after she was featured on the cover of People last month.

At the beginning of October, Maynard launched an online video campaign with Compassion & Choices, an end-of-life choice advocacy organization fighting to expand death with dignity laws nationwide.

“If all my dreams came true, I would somehow survive this, but I most likely won’t,” Maynard said in a widely viewed video. “So beyond that, having been an only child for my mother, I want her to recover from this and not break down, not suffer from any kind of depression.”

Maynard had expressed hope that her husband would be able to move on with his life after she was gone.

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“I want him to be happy, so I want him to have a family,” Maynard said. “There’s no part of me that wants him to live out the rest of his life just missing his wife.”

 


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