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Monday, September 27, 2004



Mother arrested in suspected assisted suicide

MONTREAL - A Montreal woman is about to be charged with first-degree murder in the death of her playwright son, which police allege may be a case of assisted suicide.

Charles Fariala, 36, was found dead at his suburban Montreal home Sunday morning after his mother called 911, said police. Fariala, whose play Victoria, about a woman's aging and dying, is due to be performed at the National Arts Centre in October, reportedly had multiple sclerosis.

Police have not revealed how he appeared to have died, but said the 59-year-old mother, who they did not name, told them it was an assisted suicide. Fariala had no external injuries, according to the police. The cause of death remained officially unknown, pending autopsy results.

An assisted suicide case is currently before the Vancouver courts. A 74-year-old woman is facing 14 years in prison on two charges of assisting two women to commit suicide.

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