Margaret Lavigne


Age: 44

disability rights advocate who at age 7 learned she had muscular dystrophy, a group of inherited diseases that result in progressive muscle weakness, and spent much of her life working on behalf of people with disabilities whose worsening condition forced her to move into the Hospital for Special Care in Connecticut, where she met and married another MD patient Chris Plum in 2008, in which the New York Times produced a short documentary about the couple entitled Good Night Margaret in 2014.

Cause of Death: Complications of muscular dystrophy

Born: March 12, 1971

Died: February 29, 2016

New Britain, Connecticut