|Photo: John Hofsess|
Hofsess was, among other things, an arts writer, a magazine editor,author and the film critic for Maclean's. At the age of 78, he had been diagnosed with two terminal illnesses, including pulmonary fibrosis and prostate cancer, as well as a unstable heart.
In addition to detailing how he came to be a crusader for law reform around assisted dying, Hofsess's story said
On February 23, I will fly to Switzerland to die. The latitude of Swiss law appeals to me—laypersons are permitted to assist voluntary deaths—and I wish to end my life in the company of good people. By the time this story is published, I will be dead.Good as his word, he died at 4:45 p.m. EST February 29.