Woman who promised to kill herself after getting brain cancer ends her life today

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She had brain cancer and was given six months to live.

So Brittany Maynard promised in a video that she would kill herself. The clip went viral.

Now, Maynard has followed through on her promise. She died earlier today.

The 29-year-old made headlines last month when she made the footage explaining why she wants to commit suicide.


In January, Maynard was given six months to live after her condition was made known.

She was told that her death would be painful because of the aggressive nature of her cancer.

Maynard and her husband, Dan Diaz, decided to move from their home in San Francisco, California to Oregon as it was one of a handful of US States with a "right-to-die" law.

A doctor then prescribed her with the medication she needed to end her life.

During her last moments, she was in her bedroom surrounded by family members, including her mother and husband.

She wrote on Facebook just before she died:

“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.

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!”

While she has been credited for giving momentum to the "death with dignity" movement - which supports terminally ill patients' wishes to let them die on their own terms - Maynard has also received much criticism.

She was working to tick off items on a "bucket list" of things that she wanted to do before she died.

This included travelling to the Grand Canyon, which she did last week.

Related report: Watch: US cancer patient moves to Oregon, so she can kill herself 

Source: AFP

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