Date: 13 January 2016
For immediate publication and broadcast
Death of right-to-die campaigner, Gordon Ross
Gordon Ross, the 67 year old disabled man from Glasgow and Right-to-Die campaigner has died in hospital in Glasgow today surrounded by his family and friends.
Gordon, who had multiple health problems including Parkinsons, was confined to a wheelchair, and was admitted to hospital in Glasgow last week with pneumonia and died as a result of that and his other medical issues.
A retired TV producer and Humanist Celebrant, Gordon was a member of Friends At The End (FATE), an organisation campaigning for a change in the law on assisted dying and in Scotland. Prior to his death, Gordon had been pursuing legal action at the Court of Session in Edinburgh to clarify Scots law regarding the position of anyone who might help him to end his own life. A decision regarding Gordon’s legal case will be made in due course after legal consultation.
Sheila Duffy Convener of FATE, and a friend of Gordon’s, paid tribute to him saying:
“Gordon was a doughty fighter who passionately believed the law should be changed. Despite his numerous health problems which would have floored a lesser individual, he worked tirelessly to support the assisted dying cause, and never lost his sense of humour. Our thoughts are with his family, who supported his stance, at this sad time.”
Notes to Editors
For more information, contact Graeme Downie on 07973 300 184, firstname.lastname@example.org. Interviews are available with Sheila Duffy of FATE.
Family members will not be available for interview at this time.