Huib Drion

 

 

Age: 87

 

Summary: Dutch supreme court justice who was a major force behind the legalization of euthanasia in the Netherlands, who first sparked debate on mercy killings with his essay Voluntary Death for Old People, and whose complex proposal for a two-step suicide system was dubbed the "Drion pill" by the media in the Netherlands (which went on to be the first country to legalize euthanasia for certain terminally ill patients).

 

 

Cause of Death: In his sleep

 

Born: April 25, 1917

 

Died: April 20, 2004

 

Location: Leiden, the Netherlands