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Ex-Studio 54 owner Mark Fleischman dies by assisted suicide in Switzerland

Ex-Studio 54 owner Mark Fleischman dies by assisted suicide in Switzerland
‘We didn’t realise how much pain he was in’

Former Studio 54 owner Mark Fleischman has died by assisted suicide in la Suisse, his wife confirmed on Wednesday.

The 82-year-old had been suffering from a mysterious degenerative maladies puisque 2016 that had recently confined him to a wheelchair.

Dans une publication Facebook, Ms Fleischman said her husband of 27 years had “passed to his next adventure this morning”.

“He was very brave and the nurses said he had a unusually peaceful transition. I am happy he is free but will desperately miss my best friend, constant companion, conseiller, supporter and mainly love," elle a écrit, next to a photo from their wedding day.

“I am so grateful for our time together.

Le mois dernier, Mr Fleischman revealed his plans to travel to the non-profit Dignitas clinic near Zurich with his wife of 27 years Mimi to end his life.

Il a dit the New York Post he was no longer do “anything for [lui-même]” and it is the “easiest way out”.

“I can’t walk, my speech is f**ked up and I can’t do anything for myself,” Mr Fleischman told the Post.

“My wife helps me get into bed and I can’t dress or put on my shoes. I am taking a gentle way out. It is the easiest way out for me.”

<p>Mark Fleischman announced plans to die by assisted suicide last month </p>

Mark Fleischman announced plans to die by assisted suicide last month

Neurologists had been unable to diagnose the illness, Mr Fleischman said.

“I came to the decision slowly," il a dit. “Two years ago, I decided that it wasn’t worth living.”

Daniel Fitzgerald, who co-owned Century Club in Los Angeles with Mr Fleischmen, earlier confirmed to L'indépendant he ended his life at the Dignitas clinic on Wednesday.

“I got a text from (sa femme) Mimi this morning to say that he passed away bravely," il a dit L'indépendant.

“We didn’t realise how much pain he was in.”

<p>Mimi Fleischman shared a photo from her wedding day in announcing the death of her husband Mark</p>

Mimi Fleischman shared a photo from her wedding day in announcing the death of her husband Mark

Mr Fitzgerald told L'indépendant he held a “living wake” for his friend and partner on the 4th of July, and had hoped he might be able to convince him not to go.

“Everyone really had a good time, and we thought that he was going to stick around for a while, his brain was all there," il a dit.

“We thought that he was going to postpone it for a month but then I guess he didn’t. He was very strong-minded.”

Assisted suicide is legal in 40 États américains, but Mr Fleischman last month said he opted to go to Switzerland after trying to end his own life several times.

He paid around $15,000 for the procedure, which includes a lethal cocktail of barbituates, incinération, and the delivery of his ashes back to California to his wife Mimi.

A spokesman for Dignitas told L'indépendant it was unable to provide any details or confirm Mr Fleischman had attended the clinic due to confidentiality and data protection regulations.

Mr Fleischman purchased the legendary Hells Kitchen club in 1980, after the previous owners and co-founders Steve Rubbell and Ian Schrager went to prison for tax evasion.

He ran it for six years during its heyday as one of the world’s first super clubs, becoming friends with a coterie of A-list celebrities.

In his 2017 mémoire Inside Studio 54, Mr Fleischman gave a candid account of how the “drugs, sexe, and celebrity shenanigans” that made the club famous almost killed him.

From Keith Richards and David Bowie to Eddie Murphy and Madonna, the club had a reputation for attracting the most famous celebrities in the world, and a hedonistic, anything-goes vibe.

Et si cela ne suffisait pas aux gens 2018 documentary by filmmaker Matt Tyrnauer, Andy Warhol, Grace Jones, Michael Jackson, Freddie Mercury, Al Pacino and Jackie Kennedy Onassis were all regulars.

The documentary introduced a new generation to the club where the broke and marginalised could rub shoulders with the rich and famous, with the ethos being that money didn’t matter but personality, outlook, style and – par dessus tout – enthusiasm for life did.

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