Pro-euthanasia former Dutch minister found dead in garage
THE HAGUE (AFP) - Former Dutch health minister Els Borst, instrumental in introducing the world's first euthanasia law in the Netherlands in 2002, has been found dead at her home, her political party said Tuesday. She was 81.
"Els Borst is dead," the Dutch left-central party D66 announced on its website, with party leader Alexander Pechtold tweeting: "I am immensely sad."
Borst's lifeless body was discovered by a friend on Monday evening in the garage of her Dutch home in the central village of Bilthoven, various Dutch newspapers said.
The circumstances around her death are unknown, but Borst attended a party meeting over the weekend, where she was last seen in public.