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Dr. Lawrence D. Egbert, physician who advocated assisted suicide, dies

Dr. Lawrence D. Egbert, physician who advocated assisted suicide, dies

Dr. Lawrence Deems Egbert Jr., a physician and anesthesiologist whose medical license was revoked after he championed assisted suicide through the Final Exit Network, died of a heart attack June 9 at his Hampden home. He was 88.

National newspaper articles referred to him as the "New Doctor Death" — a reference to the name first bestowed upon Dr. Jack Kevorkian, an assisted-suicide advocate who was convicted of second-degree murder in 1999 for helping a man end his life.

Dr. Egbert advocated the use of an "exit hood," a device his patients used to asphyxiate themselves with helium. In 2014, Maryland officials stripped him of his medical license.

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