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Alberta woman at centre of assisted-dying debate ends her life in Vancouver

An Alberta woman at the centre of a court case over her request for a physician-assisted death has died with the help of a doctor.

Known only as E-F, she died peacefully with the help of a doctor, surrounded by friends and family says lawyer

Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada Jody Wilson-Raybould, right, and Minister of Health Jane Philpott. The federal government's tentative rules around physician-assisted dying were shot down by an Alberta appeals court in May. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press)

An Alberta woman at the centre of a court case over her request for a physician-assisted death has died with the help of a doctor.

The woman known as E-F in court documents suffered a mental condition called severe conversion disorder which had left her effectively blind, unable to eat and in constant pain.

Trista Carey, the woman's lawyer, says E-F passed away peacefully earlier this week in Vancouver, surrounded by her family and good friends.

Last month an Alberta Court of Queen's Bench judge allowed her an assisted death, but the federal government appealed the decision, which was later upheld by the Alberta Court of Appeal. 

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