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'Death with Dignity' advocate Brittany Maynard dies

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Brittany Maynard was surrounded by family Saturday when she took the medication. She was weeks shy of her 30th birthday. Brittany Maynard was surrounded by family Saturday when she took the medication. She was weeks shy of her 30th birthday.
PORTLAND, Ore. -

The terminally ill California woman who moved to Oregon to end her life died on Saturday.

In early October, terminally ill Brittany Maynard announced that she was going to take advantage of Oregon's "Death with Dignity" law and end her life on November 1, 2014, two days after her husband's birthday, and just a couple weeks shy of her 30th. Last week, Maynard released a video on YouTube stating she may push that date back because she felt she "had a lot of life left to live." 

Maynard however did end up taking lethal medication over the weekend, and a spokesperson for her family announced Sunday night that she passed away with her family by her side on Saturday. 

Maynard had incurable brain cancer and "wanted to die on her own terms," so she moved from California, which does not have aid-in-dying laws, to Oregon. Maynard spent the last weeks of her life telling her story and spreading awareness for the "death with Dignity" law by becoming an advocate for the group Compassion & Choices. 

According to People Magazine, Maynard left behind this message to her family and friends:

"Goodbye to all my dear friends and family that I love. Today is the day I have chosen to pass away with dignity in the face of my terminal illness, this terrible brain cancer that has taken so much from me … but would have taken so much more," she wrote on Facebook. 

"The world is a beautiful place, travel has been my greatest teacher, my close friends and folks are the greatest givers. I even have a ring of support around my best as I type …. Goodbye world. Spread good energy. Pay it forward!"

Maynard is one of approximately 750 people who have died using Oregon's law since 1998. It is unclear how many of those people moved to Oregon to take advantage of the law since the state does not track how many of them moved into Oregon. 

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