Name: Unknown. He was designated “2014-77”.
Age at death: 30s.
Cause of death: Suicide by euthanasia.
His name is unknown, but his case designation is 2014-77.
He was neglected and abused as a child, then diagnosed with autism at age 10. He had recurrent depression and attempted suicide several times.
in his thirties, depressed, he asked a psychiatrist for euthanasia, which is legal in the Netherlands not just for terminal patients but for those who are “suffering unbearably” from an “incurable disorder”.
Initially, the doctor refused, insisting that 2014-77 be treated for another year; but after that year, when his autism had not improved, agreed to euthanize him.
Because this young man had autism, his doctor agreed that suicide was a rational choice rather than a manifestation of his depression. 2014-77 was given a lethal dose of drugs and died.