Ralph Vincent, 86, took his own life in April with a note detailing his intention. In 2002 he was investigated after his wife of 56 years was found dead with a plastic bag over her head. She had been suffering from arthritis, osteoporosis and, unknowingly, invasive cancer. For 20 years they were members of the Voluntary Euthanasia Society in New Zealand. After a 7 month investigation he was not charged but his wife‘s solitary death aroused his passion for the cause.