PORTLAND, Oregon — Brittany Maynard, the 29-year-old who said she had terminal brain cancer and would take medication to end her life under Oregon’s “Death with Dignity Act,” has died, advocacy group Compassion & Choices said in a Facebook post.
“Goodbye to all my dear friends and family that I love. Today is the day I have chosen to pass away with dignity in the face of my terminal illness, this terrible brain cancer that has taken so much from me … but would have taken so much more,” Maynard wrote on Facebook, People magazine reported.
“The world is a beautiful place, travel has been my greatest teacher, my close friends and folks are the greatest givers. I even have a ring of support around my bed as I type … Goodbye world. Spread good energy. Pay it forward!”
Maynard, 29, had been married a year when she discovered she had an aggressive brain cancer.
Goodbye messages from family and friends started showing up on social media on Saturday.
“(Maynard) died peacefully on Saturday, Nov. 1 in her Portland home, surrounded by her family and friends,” Compassion and Choices said in a statement. “She died as she intended — peacefully in her bedroom, in the arms of her loved ones.”
Last April, doctors said she had six months to live. She considered dying in a hospice, she wrote in an op-ed piece for CNN.
“I quickly decided that death with dignity was the best option for me and my family,” she wrote. “We had to uproot from California to Oregon, because Oregon is one of only five states where death with dignity is authorized.”