Brittany Maynard, the 29-year-old woman who captured the attention of Americans everywhere with her pledge to die on Nov 1., reportedly ended her life in her home on Saturday.
According to People Magazine, Maynard left behind this message to her family and friends:
"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," 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 best as I type …. Goodbye world. Spread good energy. Pay it forward!"
Last Spring, doctors informed Maynard that she was suffering from stage 4 glioblastoma. Rather than waiting to die of her disease, the Oregon woman decided to determine her own fate – as she was legally allowed to do thanks to the Death with Dignity Law. She planned to take a fatal dose of prescribed barbiturates at the beginning of November.
Towards the end of October, some speculated that Maynard was second-guessing her decision. There was even talk of her possibly putting off her plans. Apparently she ultimately decided against that route, though.
According to The Oregonian, Maynard’s family and friends have taken to social media to offer their goodbyes.
"She will live on in our hearts and I will continue to share her message, just as I promised her I would," posted Summer Holmes-Kremitzki. "Fly with the angels, Brittany. I know you'll watch over us all."