Ambrosini 'wanted to end suffering'
The family of former Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) MP, Dr Mario Oriani-Ambrosini, have released a statement in which it has emerged that the 53-year old politician took his own life. Ambrosini died at his home in Cape Town on Saturday having suffered from terminal lung cancer.
“This was a positive and very conscious decision on his part. He did not want to suffer anymore, nor did his family too.
“He decided to end his suffering. This choice was made not out of weakness, fear or despair, but from his courage or determination to be the final decision maker concerning his own fate,” read the statement.
No information was provided as to how Ambrosini took his life.
His death has sparked a mass outpouring of grief from rival political parties with both the ANC and DA expressing their sadness shortly after his death became known.
“We are bereft after the death of Mario Ambrosini. Mario was a great fighter for democracy,” DA’s Wilmot James said in a statement on Saturday.
“Although we did not always agree with his political views, we held him in high regard for his constitutional expertise, remarkable experience on governance matters and for the contribution he made to our democratic transition process as an advisor to IFP leader Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi,” ANC chief whip, Stone Sizani, said in a statement.
Ambrosini revealed in April of last year that he had been diagnosed with stage four lung cancer. He also rejected the use of chemotherapy, stating that this will only extend his life expectancy by a few months and cause severe side-effects.
During February this year, he made an impassioned plea to President Jacob Zuma for the legalisation of medical marijuana and the implementation of alternative medical treatments.
CAPTION: Dr Mario Oriani-Ambrosini in Parliament. IMAGE sourced from news.howzit.msn.com