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Florida HIV patient who
sought assisted suicide dies
OCALA, Fla. — Charles Edward
Hall, the AIDS patient who battled
unsuccessfully all the way to the
Florida Supreme Court for the right to
assisted suicide, has died.
Hall, 36, had been bedridden for
months, taking as many as 40 pills a
day to stave off the disease he contract-
ed in 1984. He died Monday surround-
ed by family members at his home in
Beverly Hills, north of Tampa, the Ocala
Star-Banner reported in its Wednesday
"He lived longer than anticipated,"
said Dr. Cecil Mclver, who had agreed
to prescribe a lethal dose of morphine
to Hall but was ultimately prevented
from doing so by the Florida Supreme
Court. "It's just unfortunate that it was
such a drawn-out death."
Mclver said he had not been in touch
with Hall for quite some time, but knew
Hall was sick, bedridden and in much
"It is sad, particularly for his young
wife, but in some ways it is a blessing
for him," Mclver said of Hall's death.
Robert Rivas, the Boca Raton attor-
ney who represented Hall in his legal
fight, said he hadn't talked to him in six
months because Hall was so weak.
Hall's wife, Linda, had no comment
when reached by phone.
Hall began his assisted-suicide battle
in 1996 with two other terminally ill
men, challenging the state's 128-year-
old law which classifies assisted suicide
The lawsuit, filed in Palm Beach
County, sought to allow Mclver to
“It’s unfortunate that it
was such a drawn-out
— Dr. Cecil Mclver
administer a lethal dose of drugs to the
men without being prosecuted. Mclver
lives in Palm Beach County.
By the time the case went to trial in
January 1997, the other two plaintiffs,
Charles Castonguay and Robert Cron
had died of cancer. During the trial, a
physically-ravaged Hall gave impas-
sioned testimony from his wheelchair.
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Vercher, Dennis. Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 14, No. 46, Ed. 1 Friday, March 13, 1998, newspaper, March 13, 1998; Dallas, Texas. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth616063/m1/24/: accessed April 20, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.