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article imageStar Trek actor Patrick Stewart speaks out for assisted suicide

By Kev Hedges     Apr 17, 2011 in Entertainment
Star Trek star Sir Patrick Stewart has joined the debate which campaigns for legalising assisted suicide in the UK. He becomes a patron for the organisation and believes the choice to have an assisted death "should be a right".
The classically trained Shakespearian actor, joins comedienne Jo Brand and author Sir Terry Pratchett in supporting Dignity In Dying. The 70-year-old actor was diagnosed with coronary heart disease five years ago and told how he saw a family friend "driven to an extreme situation of ending their life in the most ghastly way". He told the Sunday Times magazine, "Should the time come for me, I would like there to be a choice I might make about how I die."
Sir Patrick is best known for his role as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in the science fiction series Star Trek: The Next Generation. In the 1993-aired episode Tapestry, his character Picard is stabbed through the heart after fighting a Nausicaan, then falling to his knees and laughing. He has also appeared in the X-Men series of films. He will play Shylock in The Merchant of Venice as part of the Royal Shakespeare Company's 50th birthday celebration, reports BBC Arts.
Several other high profile actors and celebrities have become patrons at the assisted suicide organisation, including Sir Jonathan Miller, Zoe Wanamaker, Sir Michael Holroyd and former England cricketer Chris Broad, whose wife Michelle died suffering from Motor Neurone Disease and ended her life alone.
However opposition to the organisation is gaining its own support via organisations like Care Not Killing, and Medical News reports that UK doctors consistently oppose euthanasia and assisted suicide.
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