Nicole Gladu, Medical Assistance in Dying Advocate, Dies of Natural Causes

Gladu won a Quebec Superior Court decision that removed the “imminent death” requirement for a person to qualify for medical assistance in dying.

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Nicole Gladu, who fought for years for the right to medical assistance in dying, died on Sunday.

In 2019, the Superior Court of Quebec sided with Gladu, suffering from post-polio syndrome, as well as Jean Truchon, a quadriplegic.

Several relatives of Gladu confirmed Thursday his death to La Presse and Radio-Canada.

According to the death notice, she died Sunday at the CHUM of natural causes, having never benefited from the medical assistance in dying for which she fought.

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“I want to salute the courage and determination of Nicole Gladu,” Federal Justice Minister David Lametti said on Twitter. “She made the whole country think about what suffering and dignity meant.”

Gladu and Truchon fought against a rule that required a person’s death to be “imminent” before they became eligible for medical assistance in dying.