Patrick Stewart appeals for right to ‘die with dignity’

Global News

TORONTO — Actor Patrick Stewart says he supports assisted suicide and hopes he will be allowed to “die with dignity.”

In an essay for the UK newspaper Daily Mail, the 73-year-old X-Men star wrote about planning for the future.

“I have to consider the fact of my own mortality,” Stewart said. “I have come to see planning for death is simply another aspect of planning for life. It is part of a process of making sure the people you love will be taken care of, emotionally as well as practically.”

Stewart revealed he has a “living will” that provides specific instructions to doctors to withhold care from him in certain circumstances.

“Sadly, because of the law in [the UK], it cannot include anything to do with taking one’s own life or my wish for an assisted death should I become terribly ill,” he wrote. “If I could do that…

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