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Report: Brittany Maynard has ended her own life

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(NBC News/WRCB) - Brittany Maynard, the woman with terminal cancer who publicly announced that she intended to end her own life, died Saturday in her Oregon home People Magazine reports. She was 29.

"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," People Magazine reported she wrote on Facebook. "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!" 

She became the cover girl of a resurgent “death with dignity” movement. Maynard, 29, planned to end her life Nov. 1 with a lethal prescription to spare herself and her family from the end stages of her terminal brain cancer. In April, she learned she had six months to live.

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“If Nov. 2 has come along and I've passed, I hope my family is still proud of me and the choices I made,” Maynard says in the video, released by Compassion & Choices, a nonprofit working to expand end-of-life options. “And if Nov. 2 comes along and I'm still alive, I know that we'll just still be moving forward as a family out of love for each other, and that the decision will come later.”

Living in Portland, Oregon where aid-in-dying is legal, Maynard says she hopes her husband, Dan Diaz, eventually becomes a father and does not “live out the rest of his life just missing his wife.”
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