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‘Heartbreaking’: Sandy Hook Father Dies in Apparent Suicide


Jeremy Richman was the father of first-grader Avielle Richman, who died in the 2012 school massacre.

The father of a first-grade girl who was killed in the Sandy Hook school shootings died in an apparent suicide Monday morning, Newtown Police confirmed.

Jeremy Richman, 49, was found dead at 7 a.m. inside Edmond Town Hall, where he had an office space, police told The Daily Beast. Authorities said the medical examiner’s office is still investigating the exact cause of death.

A neuropharmacologist, Richman co-founded the Avielle Foundation after his first-grade daughter, Avielle Richman, died in the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The 6-year-old was among the 20 first-grade students and six administrators killed.

“This is a heartbreaking event for the Richman Family and the Newtown community as a whole, the police department’s prayers are with the Richman family right now, and we ask that the family be given privacy in this most difficult time,” Lt. Aaron Bahamonde said in a statement. “The death appears to be a suicide but police will not disclose the method or any other details of the death, only to state the death does not appear suspicious.”

In a later statement, Bahamonde said that some of the officers called to Monday’s scene also responded to the Sandy Hook shooting. The officers found a note next to Richman’s body, he added.​


 
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New Jersey is about to legalize medically assisted suicide for the terminally ill
(CNN)Terminally ill adults in New Jersey will soon be able to ask for medical help to end their lives.

Gov. Phil Murphy said he plans to sign a bill legalizing assisted suicide which passed the state legislature on Monday. The bill allows adults with a prognosis of six months or less to live to get a prescription for life-ending medication.

Currently, California, Colorado, Oregon, Vermont, Washington, Hawaii, Montana and the District of Columbia allow physician-assisted suicide.

The bill requires a second opinion on the diagnosis, and either a psychiatrist or psychologist must determine that the patient has the mental capacity to make the decision. The prescription is a series of self-administered pills that can be taken at home.

"Allowing terminally ill and dying residents the dignity to make end-of-life decisions according to their own consciences is the right thing to do," said Murphy.​


 
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Peru’s former president Alan García has died after deliberately shooting himself in the head when police tried to arrest him in connection with a multibillion-dollar Latin American corruption scandal.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2...x-president-shoots-himself-critical-condition

Former Peruvian president Alan Garcia has died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. His death was confirmed by current President Martin Vizcarra, who expressed his condolences over Twitter. Garcia was president from 1985 to 1990 and again from 2006 to 2011.
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Voluntary euthanasia to begin in Victoria as assisted dying laws take effect this week
The Victorian Parliament passed the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act in November 2017.

After an 18-month implementation phase, the laws will become active on Wednesday.

Applicants must be Victorian residents, aged over 18 and be assessed by two doctors to have a terminal illness with intolerable pain that will likely cause death within six months or 12 months if the illness is a neurodegenerative condition like motor neurone disease.

The laws also have safeguards to prevent terminally ill people being pressured into a decision.

Anyone who is the beneficiary of the person's will cannot be among the two witnesses required to sign the application.

Authorities will not reveal the exact make-up of the drug prescribed under the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act.

But it is similar to the product Nembutal.

It will be dispensed by pharmacists at the Alfred Hospital, which was asked by the State Government to provide the service.​

 
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The tomb of Pablo Escobar and family in the Monte Sacro Cemetery, Itagüí

It has never been proven who actually fired the final shot into his ear, or determined whether this shot was made during the gunfight or as part of a possible execution, with wide speculation remaining regarding the subject. Some of Escobar's relatives believe that he had committed suicide.[9][51] His two brothers, Roberto Escobar and Fernando Sánchez Arellano, believe that he shot himself through the ear. In a statement regarding the topic, the duo stated that Pablo "had committed suicide, he did not get killed. During all the years they went after him, he would say to me every day that if he was really cornered without a way out, he would 'shoot himself through the ear'."[52]
 

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Australian Bureau of Statistics data shows males are more vulnerable, with 2.8 per cent of male deaths attributable to suicide compared to 1.0 per cent of female deaths.

"It's an interesting picture in Australia — there is a major male-female discrepancy here," Dr Hafizi said.

"That gender difference [in suicide rates] is something we see everywhere.

"In the UK it might be twice as many — but in Australia it's around three times … the reasons behind that are obviously something to explore."
 
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South Korean pop star and actor Cha In Ha has been found dead at the age of 27 , the third young Korean star to die in the space of two months.
https://www.msn.com/en-gb/entertain...found-dead-aged-27/ar-BBXIpuI?ocid=spartandhp
The band – which is worth $3.5bn annually to South Korea’s economy, according to the Hyundai Research Institute – said they would have “extended period of rest and relaxation” to “recharge and refresh as musicians and creators”.

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Voluntary euthanasia bill passes WA Upper House with
laws set to take hold within days


Western Australia is set to become the second state to legalise voluntary euthanasia after proposed laws allowing terminally ill people to end their own lives passed the Upper House of Parliament.

The controversial voluntary assisted dying bill is now destined to become law within days after being passed 24 votes to 11.

Legislative Council MPs voted in favour of the Government's legislation after weeks of prolonged debate, amid accusations of filibustering and bullying.

The bill will now return to the Legislative Assembly next week for a final vote on amendments introduced in the Upper House.

Premier Mark McGowan was unrepentant for the pressure he applied to the Opposition, and in particular Liberal MP and strident critic of the bill Nick Goiran, to push the bogged-down legislation along in the Upper House.

"Sometimes to make an omelette you have to break a few eggs," Mr McGowan said.

"I wanted to see this get to a vote, because if it just went on for endless debate, we'd never achieve it.

"And I think that was the aim of perhaps one member of the Upper House."​



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Blood on the tracks: Russian mystery of drummer's death in Siberia
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He was 25 and an aspiring drummer with an eye on a career with the band he formed with his college friends. Dmitry Fyodorov was also planning to marry his girlfriend in the Siberian city of Omsk.

But last month, police broke the news to his family that he had been decapitated by an oncoming train because he had ignored a driver's warning signal to get off the tracks.

His friends do not believe a word of it and say he would never have taken his own life.

Before he died, Fyodorov posted a video saying he had been framed by police and his fiancée says while there was some blood on the tracks, it was not enough to suggest such an appalling accident.

"One of the officers put his hand into my left pocket and then a little bundle fell on to my feet which wasn't mine and couldn't possibly be mine," he told his lawyer. "Then he shoved his hand again into my empty left pocket and pulled out four more little bundles just like the first one."

She says the officers made him admit on camera to being a dealer; they took away his phone and wanted him to sign statements that he was in that part of town to deliver drugs. This way, they told him, he'd get a suspended sentence but otherwise he'd go to jail.

But on 16 December 2019, the day after his arrest, criminal proceedings began. A lawyer assigned to his case urged him to co-operate fully and sign a statement that a search had been carried out in his flat. That had not happened, but he signed nevertheless and found another lawyer, Igor Suslin.

His new lawyer filed complaints alleging Fyodorov had been stitched up. They took the case to the local headquarters of the federal security service (FSB) to complain that drugs had been planted on the young musician and went to the local court too.
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Fyodorov was eventually released from the police department in Omsk but legal proceedings soon began
 
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How do we want to go ?
This story opens up the conversation.

When assisted dying means you have to go before you're ready
Assisted dying

Grappling with Alzheimer’s, Leila Bell decided to end her life. She used her final days to call on Canada to change its rules

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Leila Bell, who passed last year, fought for end-of-life directives to be established well in advance of needing them. Photograph: leila bell
Leila Bell, an 85-year-old great grandmother in Vancouver, decided the circumstances of her death warranted one last act of advocacy.

She told a handful of close friends, her psychologist and her doctor about her plan. Her long-time confidante Sarah Townsend made the arrangements.
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/mar/04/assisted-dying-maid-canada-leila-bell

https://www.bbc.com/news/stories-47047579
 
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60 Minutes Archives: An interview with Dr. Jack Kevorkian








Jack Kevorkian was an American pathologist and euthanasia proponent. He publicly championed a terminal patient's right to die by physician-assisted suicide, embodied in his quote "Dying is not a crime".[2] Kevorkian said that he assisted at least 130 patients, to that end. He was convicted of murder in 1999 and was often portrayed in the media with the name of "Dr. Death". There was support for his cause,[3] and he helped set the platform for reform.[4]

In 1998, Kevorkian was arrested and tried for his direct role in a case of voluntary euthanasia on a man named Thomas Youk who suffered from Lou Gehrig’s disease or ALS. He was convicted of second-degree murder and served 8 years of a 10-to-25-year prison sentence. He was released on parole on June 1, 2007, on condition he would not offer advice, participate, nor be present in the act of any type of suicide involving euthanasia to any other person; as well as neither promote nor talk about the procedure of assisted suicide.[5]
 
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