Brittany Maynard committed suicide Saturday at her home in Portland, Oregon, People reported. She was 29. Maynard became the public face of the contentious right-to-die movement in the last month.
"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, according to the news site. "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!"
Maynard made headlines after she announced she wanted to die under Oregon's Death with Dignity Act after doctors told her last spring she likely had stage 4 glioblastoma. They gave her six months to live. She said she would take a fatal dose of barbiturates, as prescribed by a doctor, when the suffering became too great.
"My glioblastoma is going to kill me and that's out of my control," she told People last month. "I've discussed with many experts how I would die from it and it's a terrible, terrible way to die. So being able to choose to go with dignity is less terrifying."
In a CNN op-ed she said she chose to move to Portland after she did research about Death with Dignity.
“It is an end-of-life option for mentally competent, terminally ill patients with a prognosis of six months or less to live,” she said last month.
Oregon is one of four states where assisted suicide is legal. The others are Washington, Vermont and New Mexico. She launched an online video campaign with Compassion & Choices, an end-of-life choice activism group, to try to expand death with dignity laws nationwide.
"For people to argue against this choice for sick people really seems evil to me," she told People at the time. "They try to mix it up with suicide and that's really unfair, because there's not a single part of me that wants to die. But I am dying."
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