Queensland, Nov. 1 2007.
A euthanasia campaigner who once compared her plight to that of a sick dog has taken her own life, ending her battle with bladder cancer and multiple sclerosis.
Queensland mother of four June Burns, 67, was finally at peace, her husband Bob said today.
She died at the weekend at her home at Warwick, west of Brisbane, after using a quantity of the lethal drug Nembutal, which had kept since the late 1990s, fellow euthanasia campaigner Philip Nitschke said.
A Queensland police spokesman said today the matter was under investigation and a report would be submitted to the coroner.
Mr Burns said his wife, who saw her own father die of cancer, had been comforted during her long illness by the fact she had an out.
"June maintained a strong belief that the individual should be able to make his or her own decision about ending life peacefully in circumstances where a terminal illness leads to a painful and undignified death, despite any amount of palliative care which may be available," Mr Burns said in a statement.
He said his wife had "fought on courageously knowing that when the end was in sight she could make her own decision and end her life peacefully and with dignity".
Mrs Burns grabbed national headlines in 1999 when she appeared in a TV advertisement comparing her plight to that of a sick dog and vowing she would one day take her life.