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Florida Right-to-Die Advocate, Wife Dead in Murder-Suicide at Nursing Home

April 22, 2016

(New York Daily News) – Medical staff found Frank Kavanaugh, 88, and his wife Barbara Kavanaugh, 81, dead at 1:17 a.m. at Solaris HealthCare in Port Charlotte, about 100 miles south of Tampa on Florida’s western coast, said Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Skip Conroy. Frank Kavanaugh, a retired George Washington University public policy professor, served on the national advisory board of the Final Exit Network. Leaders of the group, devoted to “supporting the human right to a death with dignity,” said the Kavanaughs’ deaths demonstrate need for widespread reforms to end-of-life care.

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