Assisted suicide campaigner Debbie Purdy dies

Right-to-Die campaigner Debbie Purdy has died at the age of 51, her family has confirmed.

Debbie Purdy

Ms Purdy, who won a landmark case to clarify the law on assisted suicide, died at the Marie Curie Hospice in Bradford on December 23.

The 51-year-old, from Bradford, had been living with primary progressive multiple sclerosis for more than 10 years.

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Ms Purdy had been receiving care at the Marie Curie Hospice for the past year.

Debbie Purdy

The Yorkshire Post understands that she had been refusing food.

Her campaigning reached a huge highlight in 2009 when she won a landmark ruling to get clarification on whether her husband Omar Puente would be prosecuted if he helped her to end her life.

Mr Puente confirmed the death of his wife in a statement, paying tribute to “a much loved wife, sister, aunt and friend”.

“We would like to thank the Marie Curie Hospice in Bradford for the care the staff gave her, which allowed her last year to be as peaceful and dignified as she wished,” he added.