Quebec author Simon Roy has received medially-assisted dying


After battling mind most cancers, Quebec author Simon Roy received medical help in dying Saturday afternoon, Éditions du Boréal stated in a press release.

At the tip of June, Roy shared information of his situation on his Facebook web page. He introduced that his tumour was progressing quickly and that he had enormously misplaced his “language abilities.”

He stated in his put up that medical doctors estimate he has about two months to stay.

“I intend to ask for medical help to die in the direction of the tip of August. I settle for this destiny as calmly as potential. I’ve been getting ready for it for 16 months now. Still, it is a damned slap within the face,” he stated.

Before he handed away, he dictated a message to his spouse Marianne Marquis-Gravel for her to put up on social networks. He talked about that he deliberate to share a final meal along with his companion and youngsters, that he would have a final glass of wine in honour of the life he led and that he would take heed to a track that was pricey to him earlier than taking his final breath.

“During these final minutes, the youngsters will lay a hand on my cheeks, and Marianne will nestle her head towards my coronary heart I hope to be absolutely acutely aware, with my eyes huge open so I can take a look at them one final time and smile at them,” Marquis-Gravel’s Facebook put up reads.

Roy taught literature at Collège Lionel-Groulx, however was first identified for his guide “Ma vie rouge Kubrick,” revealed in 2014, and winner of the Prix des Libraires du Québec that 12 months.

This was adopted by “Owen Hopkins, Esquire,” “Fait par un autre” and his most up-to-date novel that marries fiction and actuality, “Ma fin du monde,” revealed final May. The latter displays on concern primarily based on his personal expertise and that of authors Stephen King, Stanley Kubrick and Orson Welles.

His writer stated in a press launch that his books have been typically primarily based on”an obsessive evaluation of Stanley Kubrick’s movie The Shining.”

He puzzled about the opportunity of persevering with to stay when our lives are marked by tragedy. This a theme he addresses in his newest novel, through which he offers along with his personal demise in a “dizzying” method.

“There is little doubt that the work he leaves us, marked by a profound originality, may have compelled us to acknowledge that tales, inextricably mixing actuality and lies, represent the very substance of our lives,” wrote Éditions du Boréal.

Marquis-Gravel lately wrote her first novel entitled “Dans la lumière de notre ignorance” about her relationship with Roy and shared a shifting message on Facebook.

She stated that in the previous few days, Roy’s situation had deteriorated, and he was having problem standing. He selected to have medical help in dying with a purpose to go away lucid and acutely aware.

“He left us this afternoon at 3 p.m. at residence in a delicate and accepting method. He had been prepared for days, however he wished to be current at my celebration. Simon, pure and easy, till the final breath. He even made jokes proper as much as the previous few seconds,” she stated.

In addition to his companion Marianne Marquis-Gravel, Simon Roy is survived by his kids, Romane and Colin.

This report by The Canadian Press was first revealed in French on Oct. 15, 2022. 


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