Death with Dignity: Cancer Patient Decides to Commit Suicide after Husband's Birthday Celebration
Brittany Maynard wanted to die after her husband's birthday YouTube

Right-to-die advocate Brittany Maynard has fulfilled her desire to die at her Portland home after taking a lethal cocktail of drugs.

The 29-year-old was diagnosed with a brain tumour earlier this year and spent her remaining months publicising her decision to die on her own terms.

She planned to die on 1 November, after her husband's birthday, surrounded by her family following a failed operation to remove the malignant tumour.

"Goodbye to all my dear friends and family that I love. Today is the day I have chosen to pass away with dignity in the face of my terminal illness, this terrible brain cancer that has taken so much from me ... but would have taken so much more," she wrote on Facebook.

"The world is a beautiful place, travel has been my greatest teacher, my close friends and folks are the greatest givers. I even have a ring of support around my bed as I type ... Goodbye world. Spread good energy. Pay it forward!"