Former Studio 54 owner Mark Fleischman has died by assisted suicide in Switzerland.
It comes after the 82-year-old had been suffering from an unknown degenerative illness since 2016, that had seen him recently confined to a wheelchair.
His wife Mimi Fleischman confirmed her husband’s death in a Facebook post on Wednesday (July 13). “I wanted to let you know that Mark passed bravely and peacefully,” she wrote.
Mr Fleischman revealed his plans to travel to the non-profit Dignitas clinic near Zurich with his wife to end his life, last month.
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“They want to be certain that I am making the decision for myself,” he told the New York Post at the time. “After reading my material, they asked me some questions to make sure I was serious. I had to provide a notarised affidavit, stating that I want to die. I had to go to a psychiatrist and he confirmed that I am of sound mind.”
“There is no shame in what I am doing,” he added. “It is proper and reasonable at my age. I have done everything and been everywhere and met everyone I want to meet.”
Fleischman purchased Studio 54 in New York in 1980 from the original owners Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager, after they were convicted of evading more than $700,000 (£591,430) in taxes.
He reopened it in 1981 and ran it until 1986. “I was the ringleader for nearly four years and I became intoxicated with the scene,” he wrote in a 2017 memoir.
“Every night, celebrities and stunning women made their way through the crowd to sip champagne and share lines of cocaine with my golden straw or rolled up one-hundred-dollar bills.”