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Dame Joan Collins wants to legalise assisted dying

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Dame Joan Collins wants to legalise assisted dying

Dame Joan Collins wants to legalise assisted dying.

The 81-year-old actress has revealed her mother-in-law's battle with Alzheimer's disease has made her support Swiss group Dignitas who help the severely ill to die, explaining it's only fair to let people pass away if they want to.

She said: "You have to enjoy life, and I live totally in the present. Touch wood, I've never had any health problems ... but my husband Percy's mother had Alzheimer's and that's a terrifying illness.

"Somebody said to me the other day that people 100 years ago didn't get Alzheimer's because they died so young, and that's true.

"So if I was in that situation, I don't know what I would do. It would depend on how bad it is. But I agree with Dignitas, totally."

The 'Dynasty' star - who has been married five times and has three children, Tara, Alexander and Katyana - explained she would prefer to be killed than suffer the illness, which is the most common form of dementia, because she wouldn't want her family to have to look after her.

She continued: "You don't want to live like that ... It is far better to drift off slowly.

"I have so many children, so many grandchildren, brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews, such a big family, and I wouldn't want to inflict that on them."

And she supported her argument by pointing out animals aren't allowed to suffer with illnesses like humans are, so it is inhumane to keep people alive.

She told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "I mean, they don't let animals carry on suffering - so why let humans live?"