Brittany Maynard


Age: 29

Summary: euthanasia activist who moved to Oregon to take advantage of that state's assisted-suicide law after she was diagnosed with brain cancer on New Year's Day 2014 and was later given six months to live when she moved from California with her husband because that state does not allow terminally ill patients to end their lives with lethal drugs prescribed by a doctor, and who became a nationally recognized advocate for the group Compassion & Choices, which seeks to expand aid-in-dying laws beyond a handful of states.

Cause of Death: Physician-assisted suicide

Born: November 19, 1984

Died: November 1, 2014

Portland, Oregon