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Andrew Lloyd Webber Comments On Considering Committing Suicide Post-Surgery

Andrew Lloyd Webber Comments On Considering Committing Suicide Post-SurgeryWorld renowned composer Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber candidly discusses his serious consideration of suicide following major surgery last year in a new interview.

Following drastic surgery to remove cancer, Lloyd Webber relates that he found himself nearly out of options at the time and researched the Swiss assisted suicide organization Dignitas.

"There were days when I thought that I would do anything to get out of this. I adore my work, and I thought that if I could not do that, then I had nothing more. I went through a moment of deep depression - that awful moment when you think that you must find a way out. I actually got the forms for Dignitas.," Lloyd Webber states.

In retrospect, Lloyd Webber says, "With hindsight, it was stupid and ridiculous, but I couldn't think what to do."

He remembers, "I got through the show I was working on, but it was murder. I was on every sort of painkiller there is... I couldn't think what to do. In the end, I threw away the forms."

Furthermore, as for the current vote set to decide if the UK will consider allowing assisted suicide coming up later this month, Lloyd Webber - a member of the House of Lords - opines of the issue, "If people get to a point where their lives are so impossible, I would agree with the Bill. What concerns me, and I suspect many others, is what floodgates would [this measure] open? Does it create a culture where older people are a burden? In 20 years' time, signing off on the deaths of old people might not be taken as seriously as it is now. I am totally unsure."

Check out the original article on the matter here.

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