PORTLAND, Oregon — Brittany Maynard, who became the public face of the controversial right-to-die movement, ended her life on Saturday at her Portland, Oregon home.
“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 reported.
Maynard, 29, had been married a year when she discovered she had an aggressive brain cancer.
“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!”
Goodbye messages from family and friends started showing up on social media on Saturday.
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.”
Maynard posted a series of YouTube videos in which she and family members talked about her decision and supported an expansion of assisted suicide laws. She started an organization, Compassion and Choices, to promote that idea.
“My dream is that every terminally ill American has access to the choice to die on their own terms with dignity,” she wrote on her website.
She visited the Grand Canyon last week, checking off the last item on her bucket list.
“The Canyon was breathtakingly beautiful,” she wrote on her website, “and I was able to enjoy my time with the two things I love most: my family and nature.”