Man Who Died in Accused Final Exit Network Assisted Suicide Had Beaten Cancer
Posted Mar 03 2009 3:54pm
John Celmer, the man whose death is the subject of the Final Exit Network assisted suicide criminal charges, was not terminally ill. Indeed, he had apparently beaten his cancer. From the story:
John Celmer was making what his doctor considered “remarkable progress” last spring after two surgeries to reconstruct his jaw.
The 58-year-old Cumming man faced hip replacement surgery for arthritis, but he appeared to have won a battle against head and neck cancer. Then, he was found dead. "His doctor was shocked," said Forsyth County Coroner Lauren McDonald III. "He said he shouldn’t have died." McDonald said an autopsy confirmed that Celmer, who smoke and drank, was cancer-free at death; the man had died from asphyxia suffocation resulting from the inhalation of helium. The death was ruled a homicide.
Repeat after me: Assisted suicide is not about terminal illness, it is about near death on demand.