Archbishop Desmond Tutu passes away, aged 90

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and human rights advocate, has passed away aged 90.

Desmond was a supporter of Voluntary Assisted Dying and made his opinions clear in writings for The Guardian and The Washington Post.

In a 2014 piece for The Guardian, Desmond wrote 'I revere the sanctity of life – but not at any cost.' He said 'I confirm I don't want my life prolonged.

'I can see I would probably incline towards the quality of life argument, whereas others will be more comfortable with palliative care,' Desmond said.

'Yes, I think a lot of people would be upset if I said I wanted assisted dying. I would say I wouldn't mind actually.'

In a 2016 piece for The Washington Post, Desmond wrote 'just as I have argued firmly for compassion and fairness in life, I believe that terminally ill people should be treated with the same compassion and fairness when it comes to their deaths.' He said 'dying people should have the right to choose how and when they leave Mother Earth.

'I believe that, alongside the wonderful palliative care that exists, their choices should include a dignified assisted death.'

Archbishop Desmond Tutu undoubtedly left the world a better place, and his loss if felt by us at DWDQ and many other advocates of choice at the end of life.