Betty Rollin, an American journalist and author, passed away through assisted suicide on November 14, 2023, at the age of 87. Renowned for her books, “First, You Cry” and “Last Wish,” which chronicled her experiences with breast cancer and her mother’s assisted suicide, respectively, Rollin was a former NBC News correspondent and an Emmy Award winner. Following her husband’s death in 2020, her health declined, leading her to choose to end her life at the Pegasos Swiss Association in Basel.
Born on January 3, 1936, in New York City, New York, U.S., Betty Rollin, the journalist and author, passed away on November 7, 2023, at the age of 87 in Basel, Switzerland. She pursued her education at Sarah Lawrence College and was married to Dr. Harold Edwards.
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The motivation behind her decision to pursue assisted suicide wasn’t explicitly stated, but it can be inferred that her grief and physical challenges, including the loss of her husband and her battle with breast cancer, contributed to her unhappiness and depression.
Betty Rollin was an advocate for the Death with Dignity movement, expressing the belief in the right of the terminally ill to a humane and dignified death. In her book “Last Wish,” she wrote, “I believe that people who are dying should have the right to choose when and how they die and that their doctors should be able to help them.”
In an interview, she remarked, “I think it’s a very personal decision, and I think it’s a very brave decision. I think it’s a decision that says, ‘I want to be in control of my life, and I want to be in control of my death.'”
Rollin passed away peacefully and was surrounded by loved ones at the Pegasos Swiss Association, a non-profit organization providing assisted suicide services to those facing incurable diseases or unbearable pain.
As assisted suicide is illegal in most U.S. states, she, like many others, chose to travel to Switzerland for a legal and dignified end to her life. In a pre-recorded video, she expressed gratitude, stating, “I’m very happy to be here. I’m very grateful to the people who are helping me. I’m not afraid. I’m ready.”
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