Famous People Who Died Of Euthanasia

Euthanasia is a Greek term that translates to ‘good death’; it basically is the right for someone to choose the right of his own death. Every country has a different law on this subject that they strictly abide by. As per the British House of Lords, euthanasia is “a deliberate intervention undertaken with the express intention of ending a life, to relieve intractable suffering.” However in Netherlands and Flanders, it is believed to be the “termination of life by a doctor at the request of a patient”. There are three different types of Euthanasia, voluntary, non-voluntary, or involuntary. While the Voluntary one is legal in some countries, the non-voluntary and involuntary euthanasia is out rightly illegal in all countries. It is a topic that has enamored a lot of researchers; it is one of the most widely researched topics in bioethics. Suetonius, a famous Roman historian was the first person to describe the use of euthanasia by Augustus. He said that the emperor, dying quickly and without suffering in the arms of his wife, Livia, experienced the 'euthanasia' he had wished for”. While many countries have debated for ages if this is acceptable, it still goes on for ages. We have listed out some of the most talked about euthanasia cases and the list is going to shock you.
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George V
(King of the United Kingdom (1910-36))
George V
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Birthdate: June 3, 1865
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London, England
Died: January 20, 1936

George V became the King of Great Britain and the British Dominions in 1910. During the World War I, he played an active role in supporting the troops. The rise of socialism, communism, fascism and the Indian independence movement was witnessed during his rule. His reign also saw the supremacy of the elected British House of Commons established by the Parliament.

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Giovanni da Verrazzano
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1485 AD
Birthplace: Greve in Chianti
Died: 1528 AD
Florentine explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano was the first European to explore the areas along the North American coast, including what is now known as Hudson Bay. In fact, Henry Hudson reached the same area almost 85 years later and was hailed as its explorer, while Verrazzano’s exploits were practically unknown.
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Vinayak Damodar Savarkar
(Independence Activist, Reformer)
Vinayak Damodar Savarkar
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: May 28, 1883
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bhagur
Died: February 26, 1966

Vinayak Damodar Savarkar was an Indian politician and independence activist. He formulated the Hindu nationalist philosophy of Hindutva and was a leading figure in the Hindu Mahasabha. He was known for his strong oratory skills and was an eloquent writer. He was initially charged as a co-conspirator in the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi but was later acquitted.

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Marieke Vervoort
(Belgian Paralympic Gold Medalist Who Died by Euthanasia)
Marieke Vervoort
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 10, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Diest, Belgium
Died: October 22, 2019

Belgian Paralympic gold medalist Marieke Vervoort suffered from a complicated condition called reflex sympathetic dystrophy. Proficient in wheelchair basketball, swimming, triathlon, and wheelchair racing, the multi-talented and openly lesbian athlete stunned the world by choosing to die by euthanasia at age 40. She had also penned a couple of books.

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Christian de Duve
(Belgian Biochemist Who Discovered Two Cell Organelles, 'Peroxisome' and 'Lysosome')
Christian de Duve
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: October 2, 1917
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Thames Ditton, England
Died: May 4, 2013

Christian de Duve was an English-born Belgian cytologist and biochemist. For his discoveries of two cell organelles, peroxisome and lysosome, he shared the 1974 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Albert Claude and George E. Palade. He was the founder of the International Institute of Cellular and Molecular Pathology in Brussels, which was later renamed in his honor. 

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Terri Schiavo
36
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 3, 1963
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lower Moreland Township, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: March 31, 2005

Terri Schiavo was at the centre of a high-profile legal battle over the right-to-die after she slipped into an irreversible persistent vegetative state. The case, which caught the public attention after her parents’ objection to the removal of her artificial life support, saw the intervention of the American federal government. A heavy fall had resulted in her medical complication.

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Hugo Claus
(Author of the Novel 'The Sorrow of Belgium')
Hugo Claus
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 5, 1929
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bruges, Belgium
Died: March 19, 2008

Bestselling Belgian author, painter, and filmmaker Hugo Claus penned a wide range of literary gems, including poems, novels, and plays, and rose to be one of his country’s finest literary figures. Known for his masterpiece The Sorrow of Belgium, the author chose to be euthanized after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.

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Herbert Fux
(Actor)
Herbert Fux
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 25, 1927
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hallein, Austria
Died: March 13, 2007
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Edward Brongersma
(Lawyer, Journalist, Jurist, Politician)
Edward Brongersma
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 31, 1911
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Haarlem
Died: April 22, 1998
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Eluana Englaro
(Patient of vegetative state)
Eluana Englaro
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 25, 1970
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lecco, Italy
Died: February 9, 2009