posted at 21:00
Author: Jenni Ryall
29-year-old Brittany Maynard chose to die on Saturday
Brittany Maynard, the woman behind a heartbreaking video campaign in which she told the world she had chosen to die, ended her life on Saturday with lethal prescription drugs. Maynard and her husband, Dan Diaz, decided to move from California to Oregon, as the state has assisted-suicide laws which give terminally ill patients the option to end their lives. Maynard began to suffer from debilitating headaches and frequent seizures as the stage 4 glioblastoma took over her body. Maynard received world-wide attention for her choice after she launched a Death with Dignity campaign with the nonprofit Compassion & Choices, an end-of-life choice advocacy organization which is behind a push to expand such laws across the U.S. The company was also behind a series of videos in which Maynard told her story. Sean Crowley, a spokesman for Compassion & Choices, said in a statement late Sunday that Maynard died Saturday "As she intended - peacefully in her bedroom, in the arms of her loved ones." Crowley said Maynard "Suffered increasingly frequent and longer seizures, severe head and neck pain, and stroke-like symptoms. As symptoms grew more severe she chose to abbreviate the dying process by taking the aid-in-dying medication she had received months ago." On Oct. 29, Maynard hinted she would postpone her death when she released a new video explaining that she didn't feel it was time. The state does not track how many terminally ill people move to Oregon to die.

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