A British father-of-three who feared he would be paralysed by an inoperable tumour has died at the Dignitas centre in Switzerland. Despite not being terminally ill, businessman Jeffrey Spector, 54, of St Annes, Lancashire, died surrounded by friends and family at the death clinic.
In a statement, the family said, ‘While we are now in a state of all-consuming grief and miss Jeffrey very much, we also recognise that he is now at peace and away from the fear which surrounded him in the last few weeks of his life. He ended his life with dignity and control which was his overwhelming desire’.
Mr Spector had not been given a terminal diagnosis, although his condition was affecting his nervous system and, in interviews with local UK newspaper Blackpool Gazette, he had expressed concern about being paralysed and unable to speak.
Christian Concern has lobbied for many years to prevent assisted suicide being made legal in England and Wales.
The Suicide Act 1961 makes it an offence to encourage or assist a suicide or a suicide attempt, although the former Lord Chancellor, Lord Falconer, has pledged to attempt to reintroduce a bill that would allow assisted dying in the UK.