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Sick Briton ends life at euthanasia institution

By Emma Clark

Published 15/08/2015

‘Taking stand’: Bob Cole
‘Taking stand’: Bob Cole

A terminally ill man who called for changes to the UK law on assisted dying has ended his life at a Swiss clinic.

Bob Cole (68) died at the Dignitas euthanasia unit surrounded by four of his closest friends just 18 months after watching his wife, Ann Hall, take her life at the same clinic.

Campaign charity Dignity In Dying said it was informed of his death yesterday afternoon.

Mr Cole, who was suffering from an aggressive form of lung cancer called mesothelioma, said prior to his death that he was "taking a stand" against laws which make it illegal for others to encourage or assist someone trying to take their own life.

According to reports, the former carpenter from Chester spent £12,000 to die abroad.

He told a newspaper: "I should be able to die with dignity in my own country, in my own bed. The law needs to change. How do you change the law? People have got to take a stand. So that's what I'm doing today.

"I saw Ann die, and a year later to be faced with the same decision yourself is quite the double whammy. I had just started to pick myself up when I fell ill."

Mr Cole said his cancer had left him bent double, "crouching like an animal", adding: "That's no life."

"The politicians need to have the guts to change this law. Accept that the British public want this change. If they don't it will be forced upon them because the public feeling is overwhelming."

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