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Pro-euthanasia former Dutch minister found dead in garage

Published on Feb 11, 2014 9:39 PM
A picture taken on March 3, 1999, shows late Dutch former health minister Els Borst looking on in The Hague. Borst died on Feb 10, 2014, aged 81. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

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.

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