Aruna Shanbaug


Age: 66

Summary: Indian nurse who in 1973 was strangled with a metal chain, sexually assaulted, and left in a permanent vegetative state whose case set off a national debate on euthanasia (often called "mercy killing" in India) and helped to lead to the legalization of life-support withdrawal.

Cause of Death: Pneumonia

Born: June 1, 1948

Died: May 18, 2015

Mumbai, India