Brittany Maynard, who became the face of the "death with dignity" movement and and an outspoken advocate for patient's rights after she was diagnosed with brain cancer, ended her life Saturday, according to Compassion & Choices, an organization she worked with closely.
She was 29 years old, and her death was confirmed by People on Sunday night.
"We're sad to announce the passing of a dear and wonderful woman, Brittany Maynard. She passed peacefully in her bed surrounded by close family and loved ones," Compassion & Choices said on its Facebook page.
Though she had earlier planned to end her life on Nov. 1, Maynard released a video last week, announcing she no longer wished to have a set date to die.
However, she later went on with her decision and said goodbye in a message to her friends and family on Facebook.
“Goodbye to all my dear friends and family that I love,” Maynard wrote. “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.”
“The world is a beautiful place, travel has been my greatest teacher, my close friends and folks are the greatest givers,” she added. “I even have a ring of support around my bed as I type. … Goodbye world. Spread good energy. Pay it forward!”
You can learn more about Maynard’s struggle and the right to die with dignity movement in the videos below: