Richard Holmes

 

 

Age: 73

 

Summary: Oregon cancer patient who fought Attorney General John Ashcroft's challenge of Oregon's Death with Dignity Act and won the ability to get a prescription of lethal medication to take his own life (he didn't take it, only 91 have taken their own lives since this law passed and over 900 have received the lethal prescriptions).

 

 

Cause of Death: Colon cancer

 

Born: June 28, 1929

 

Died: September 9, 2002

 

Location: Portland, Oregon