Facebook will block terminally ill man from livestreaming his own death

Facebook has blocked a terminally-ill man’s attempt to livestream his death after his euthanasia request was turned down.

Alain Cocq, 57, had planned to broadcast his final moments after he decided to refuse food, drink and medicine.

Mr Cocq, who has been suffering from a degenerative disease for 34 years, previously said: “So I have finished my last meal… I drink to your health one last time.

“The road to deliverance begins and, believe me, I am happy.

“I have made up my mind and I am at peace,” he added.



In a statement, Facebook said: “Although we respect (Mr Cocq’s) decision to want to draw attention to this complex question, following expert advice we have taken measures to prevent the live broadcast on Alain’s account.

“Our rules do not allow us to show suicide attempts.”

Mr Cocq had written to Emmanuel Macron asking to be given a sedative to allow him to die in peace but the president wrote back to him explaining this was not allowed under French law.





France’s neighbours Switzerland, Belgium and the Netherlands have adopted laws that allow medically-assisted dying in some cases.

But France has resisted that step, in part under pressure from the Catholic Church.

“Because I am not above the law, I am not able to comply with your request,” President Emmanuel Macron said in a letter to Cocq, which the Frenchman published on his Facebook page.

“Your wish is to request active assistance in dying which is not currently permitted in our country.”

The Claeys-Leonetti law on the end of life, adopted in 2016, authorises deep sedation – but only for people whose prognosis is threatened in the short term.

Mr Cocq has called for a change to French law to allow medically-assisted dying in cases such as his.

He was fed by a drip and his digestive system connected to a colostomy bag.

His condition has caused brain aneurysms, and he experiences convulsions if he does not take his medicine.

He has said he experiences constant pain.

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