Alain Cocq Bio/Wiki
Friends and euthanasia activists claimed on Tuesday that a French man named Alain Cocq who fought for years for the right to euthanasia at home died in a medically assisted suicide in Switzerland at the age of 58.
Alain Cocq, who had been suffering from a terrible and incurable degenerative condition for decades, died on Tuesday in a Berne hospital, according to his legal attorney Sophie Medjeberg’s Facebook page.
She said, “Alain Cocq died this morning… according to his desire, in dignity …finally rest in peace Alain,”
Alain Cocq est mort aujourd’hui, en Suisse où il a pu avoir recours au suicide assisté. pic.twitter.com/xAG6iGEjbP
— Rémy DANDAN (@Remydandan) June 15, 2021
He was 58 years old.
How Did Alain Cocq Die? (Death Cause)
Cocq was a fighter who loved life, but he wanted to die with the support of doctors, according to Jean-Luc Romero, head of the French Association for the Right to Die with Dignity, who said in a video statement on Twitter that he was a fighter who loved life.
Romero said, “We thank him for transforming his individual fight into a collective fight, so that we finally would have an end-of-life law, so in the future French people no longer need to flee to a foreign country to die in the way they want,”
Switzerland, Belgium, and the Netherlands, all of France’s neighbors, have passed laws allowing for medically assisted death in some circumstances. France has resisted this measure, owing in part to Catholic church pressure.
Cocq had attempted but failed, to persuade French President Emmanuel Macron to authorize euthanasia at home.
He attempted to die twice last autumn, using his legal right to refuse food and medical attention but had to give up owing to excruciating pain.
Alain Cocq, 58 ans, atteint d’une maladie incurable et qui avait fait deux grèves des soins et de la faim en 2020 pour réclamer le droit à l’euthanasie, est décédé ce matin en Suisse par suicide assisté, a annoncé son entourage #AFP pic.twitter.com/KlVDNwhr8w
— Agence France-Presse (@afpfr) June 15, 2021