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originally posted by: CJCrawley
I always felt that just having Parkinson's (which is a long, slow death sentence) was a key factor in his decision to check out.
Remember, he was 63 - not old, but his best, healthiest years were behind him.
I imagine the news of his diagnosis would have been as shattering as terminal cancer.
"You're going to die prematurely, but before that you will gradually lose your mental and physical faculties and become dependent on 24 hour nursing care."
I'd like to believe that I myself would have the courage to do the same as him, given that outlook.