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For the first time a famous person exercising a right to euthanasia

March 20 2008

In Belgium, the famous writer used the right to euthanasia. This is the first time that such a famous person used the voluntarily retired from life.

The largest writer of contemporary Belgian Hugo Claus, repeatedly nominated for the Nobel Prize, voluntarily resigned from the life of a 79-year life. "Klaus has Alzheimer's and decided on the time of his death, asking about euthanasia in Antwerp hospital Middelheym" - said on behalf of the family of the writer of his publisher Bezige Bay.

"Everything was in accordance with safeguards provided by law, including the examination of a psychiatrist" - affirmed the chairman of the Belgian Association for the right to die with dignity Jacqueline Herremans.

"I'm close enough to know him and know that he wanted to leave with pride and dignity, - said Minister of Culture of the regional government of Flanders Bert Anso. - We will miss him. This is a great loss for our society."

Official Belgian Commission for the Control of euthanasia believe that perhaps the writer H. Claus at an early stage of the disease has chosen the so-called "active euthanasia". He had the opportunity at any time to cancel the decision, but did not, according to Interfax .

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