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Author Terry Pratchett Was No Stranger to Death

(NPR) – After his diagnosis, Pratchett became an inspiration to dementia patients and an advocate for physician-assisted suicide for those suffering terminal illnesses. In 2011, he told NPR, “I believe everyone should have a good death. … The ideal death, I think, is what was the ideal Victorian death: You know, your grandchildren around you, a bit of sobbing — because, after all, tears are appropriate on a death bed — and you say goodbye to your loved ones.” According to his publisher, Pratchett had that good death. In the end, he didn’t choose assisted suicide, but died of natural causes with his cat asleep on his bed and his family around him.

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