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There have been calls for a renewed debate on assisted dying in South Africa, after the renowned author, Karel Schoeman, took his own life at the age of 77.
In a farewell letter, Mr Schoeman said the deterioration of his physical and mental capabilities was becoming clear and he was certain he did not want to get old.
He said he hoped his death would contribute to a wider discussion about the problems of old age, and help bring about changes to South Africa’s laws, which prohibit voluntary euthanasia.
Mr Schoeman, who wrote mainly in Afrikaans, was one of South Africa’s most celebrated literary figures. He was the author of 19 novels and numerous works of non-fiction.Source: BBC