Terminally Ill Cancer Patient, Brittany Maynard, has Died

Brittany Maynard is the terminally ill California woman who moved to Portland, Ore., to use Oregon's Death with Dignity Act. (Photo: AP)
Brittany Maynard is the terminally ill California woman who moved to Portland, Ore., to use Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act.
(Photo: AP)

Brittany Maynard, the 29-year-old face of the controversial right-to-death movement who captivated millions via social media with her public decision to end her life, has died.

Sean Crowley, spokesman for the non-profit organization Compassion & Choices, confirmed Maynard’s death Sunday evening.

USA TODAY Network is awaiting further details.

One commenter on Facebook said Sunday evening, “Rest in peace, the pain is gone.” Another said, “May Brittney rest in peace now, healthy and out of pain. And, thoughts and prayers to her family and friends.”

Maynard was diagnosed with a stage 4 malignant brain tumor in April. She moved with her family from California to Oregon, where she could legally die with medication prescribed under the Oregon Death With Dignity Act.

Her initial plans had been to die Saturday, two days after her husband’s birthday on Oct. 30, but earlier this week she announced in a video she was potentially postponing it due to her health.

Maynard created a fund to advance the cause of states enacting doctor-assisted death laws. Her death brings a unique element to the right to die movement in the age of social media. Her YouTube video from October 6 has received 9.5 million page views.

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SOURCE: Jessica Durando
USA TODAY Network

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