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Paralympic champion Marieke Vervoort dies by euthanasia

She suffered from an incurable degenerative muscle disease.

BELGIAN PARALYMPIAN Marieke Vervoort, the 100m champion from the 2012 London Games has died by euthanasia at the age of 40, Belgian media reported on Tuesday.

Vervoort had suffered from an incurable degenerative muscle disease.

Euthanasia is legal in Belgium and the spikey haired athlete announced her intentions after the Rio Games in 2016 to follow that path if her degenerative condition worsened her suffering.

A statement confirmed that “responded to her choice on Tuesday evening”.

Despite falling sick aged 14 Vervoort pursued a sporting life with passion, playing wheelchair basketball, swimming and racing in triathlons.

Source: Paralympic Games/YouTube

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