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Colombia approves 1st death by euthanasia

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BP) -- Colombian officials have approved the country's first legal death by euthanasia. After a week-long legal battle, 79-year-old Ovidio Gonzalez exercised his "right to die" at a medical clinic on Friday (July 10), ending his battle with terminal throat cancer. Colombia became the first Latin American country and one of several countries worldwide to legalize assisted suicide in 1997. But the government delayed approving regulations until April, and no legal procedures were performed until now.