One of Britain’s most celebrated music conductors, Sir Edward Downes, died last week at the age of 85, along with his wife Joan, 74. How? They drank “a lethal cocktail of barbiturates provided by an assisted-suicide clinic” in Zurich, Switzerland. Lady Joan Downes was in the final stages of terminal cancer, but Sir Downes was in relatively good health. According to friends and family, Downes simply did not want to live without his wife, whom he had been married to for over 50 years. They died lying down, holding hands, with their children around them.
This story absolutely crushes my heart. Assisted suicide is a very controversial issue, but this particular story is so sadly, well, romantic, I’ll be curious to see what the response is. What do you all think? [NY Times[