"Death should be democratic' - Very sick French man announces decision to live stream his own death on Facebook

A French man, Alain Cocq, 57, with an incurable illness who unsuccessfully tried to convince France President Emmanuel Macron to allow him to die by "active medical assistance" says he wants to live-stream his own death on Facebook.

"Death should be democratic
Alain Cocq, from Dijon in eastern France, has a rare incurable medical condition that causes his arteries to stick together.

"Death should be democratic
 Cocq wants to determine how he dies and has decided to stop all medical care, food, and drink on Friday, September 4 at 11 p.m., so he can hasten his death, which is legal in France.

"Death should be democratic
Cocq says he knows after stopping medical care and feeding he will suffer extreme pain till he dies, but he is willing to share his death experience with the world by live streaming on Facebook.

It is not clear whether the live stream of his death will be allowed under Facebook's policy.

 Euthanasia, also known as assisted dying, is illegal in France but suicide is legal.

French law also says that deep and continuous sedation, which can hasten a person's death and render them unconscious until they die, is not legal unless under specific circumstances set out by the 2016 Claeys-Leonetti Law, which also requires a person's death to be imminent.

Speaking to CNN on Friday, September 4, Cocq said that he expected that Macron would not accept his request but that he appreciated the "compassion" he had shown him in his letter.

Today, I am full of plenitude. I took the decision to end my life on June 26, which is when I asked my medical assistant to type the letter I later sent to the President.
It was a brutal decision, but I can tell you I haven't felt that good in a long time, he told CNN.
I know I am about to endure pain like I've never endured before, for about five to seven days, he said.

On the decision to live-stream his death via Facebook, which will be on mute, he added: 

I am not doing this for voyeurism. I want to inform people about something we all know but refuse to talk about. Pain.
I chose to show this pain, he said.
The basis of a democracy is that citizens have a free choice. Death should be democratic.

Cocq, a christian also said that he did not believe what he was doing was anti-religious.

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