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Terminally ill US woman who fought for right to die kills self
Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old brain cancer sufferer, made headlines earlier this month when a video of her making her suicide threat went viral and was seen by millions of web users. Sean Crowley, spokesman for Compassion & Choices, an end-of-life activist group that supported Maynard, said she died peacefully in her home on November 1. "Brittany has died, but her love of life and nature, her passion and spirit endure," the organization's president, Barbara Coombs Lee, added. "In Brittany's memory, do what matters most. And tell those you love how much they matter to you. We will work to carry on her legacy of bringing end-of-life choice to all Americans." In January, Maynard was given six months to live and told her death would be painful because of the aggressive nature of her cancer. Maynard and her husband, who had just married when she began having severe headaches, moved from their home in California to Oregon, one of a handful of US states with a "Right-to-die" law. Her story has made headlines around the world, and she was featured on the cover of last week's People magazine in the United States. Maynard has in recent weeks and months been working to tick off items on a "Bucket list" of what she wants to do before she dies - including traveling to the Grand Canyon last week.

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