Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Star of London's Burning: How I Watched Ex-Wife Die in Swiss Clinic

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Star of London's Burning: How I Watched Ex-Wife Die in Swiss Clinic

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Byline: Benedict Moore-Bridger

A FORMER London's Burning actor today praised BBC2's assisted suicide documentary and revealed that his former wife died in his arms at the same Swiss clinic.

Chris Larner, who played Clingfilm in the hit ITV drama series, told how his ex-wife Allyson Lee died at Dignitas in November last year after struggling with multiple sclerosis.

About 900 people complained about this week's Choosing To Die film by author and Alzheimer's sufferer Terry Pratchett which showed Peter Smedley slipping away.

Mr Larner, 52, from Streatham Hill, said the film brought back painful memories but insisted that suicide should be legalised in the UK.

"Allyson was very clear it was her right to do what she wanted with her life," he said. "Besides the fear of eventually losing her sight, speech and ability to swallow, she was devastated about being unable to walk and her loss of independence.

She just wanted relief."

Ms Lee, a drama teacher, was diagnosed with MS in 1985. …

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