Piergiorgio Welby, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Piergiorgio Welby

Italian poet, painter and activist

Date of Birth: 26-Dec-1945

Place of Birth: Rome, Lazio, Italy

Date of Death: 20-Dec-2006

Profession: poet, artist, human rights activist, activist

Nationality: Italy

Zodiac Sign: Capricorn

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About Piergiorgio Welby

  • Piergiorgio Welby (Rome, 26 December 1945 - 20 December 2006) was an Italian poet, painter and activist whose three-month-long battle to establish his right to die led to a debate about euthanasia in his country. Welby was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy as a teenager in the early 1960s.
  • The disease progressed, and in 1997 he became unable to breathe on his own.
  • He became politically active in the right-to-die movement, and in 2006 he publicly declared his wish to refuse the medical treatment that kept him alive.
  • The case was controversial, with liberal politicians supporting him and conservatives and the Vatican speaking out against his cause.
  • After three months, he was allowed to die, though he was denied a church burial.

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