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The gut-wrenching final moments of a cancer stricken man's life will feature in the latest instalment of Louis Theroux's Altered States series.
The second episode, 'Choosing Death', sees the broadcaster meet with Gus Thomasson, who chose to take a $350 'death cocktail' to end his life while suffering with stage four pancreatic cancer - because he refused to 'die suffering'.
Respiratory - Therapist - San - Bispo - California
The 74-year-old retired respiratory therapist, who lived in San Bispo, California, qualified for the End of Life Act, also known as AB15, which is legal in seven states in the US.
It allows physicians to prescribe life ending medication to a person who can reasonably be expected to die within six months; with the caveat that they must be of sound mind and strong enough to administer their own lethal dose.
Louis - Team - Gus - Moments - Relatives
Louis and his team were invited to witness Gus' heartbreaking final moments as he passed away with his weeping relatives at his bedside, following his decision to take the lethal dose.
The documentary shows Gus' family telling him they love him, and keeping vigil at his bedside with champagne and music in his final hours.
Documentary-maker - California - States - US - Right
The documentary-maker visited California, one of seven states in the US where the terminally ill have the right to end their own lives, to investigate the moral and legal issues surrounding such a decision.
Louis also meets with Final Exit Network, a non-profit right to die and pro-assisted suicide organisation in Florida that works to instruct those who 'don't fit the criteria' of AB15 on how they can go about ending their lives.
BBC - Programme - Look - Death - Condemns
The BBC has called the programme 'an objective look at assisted death' that 'neither condemns nor condones the act of taking one's life'.
Gus explained on the show that he refused to 'die suffering'.
Philosophy - Life
'That had been a personal philosophy of mine my whole life,' he said....
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