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Nitschke met police over death

Philip Nitschke is under fire over the suicide of a 45-year-old man who was not terminally ill.
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Euthanasia campaigner Philip Nitschke has not been charged in relation to the death of a terminally ill man who took his own life.

Dr Nitschke was accompanied by his lawyer Michael Woods when he was interviewed on Friday by South Australian detectives investigating the death of Max Bromson.

Mr Woods told reporters no charges have been laid and would not comment on whether it would happen in the future.

Mr Bromson, who ran for the senate last year for the Voluntary Euthanasia Party, died early on Monday morning in a Glenelg motel room surrounded by family members.

The former businessman, who suffered from a rare and terminal form of bone cancer, said he lived with chronic, excruciating pain and wanted the right to end his life peacefully at the appropriate time.

Dr Nitschke has said Mr Bromson took an imported drug which had been tested at Exit Internal laboratory in Adelaide.

Before he met with the detectives, Dr Nitschke said he would be co-operating in every way with the police.

After police were notified of the death, detectives confiscated the family’s mobile phones, electronic devices and laptop computers.

They are carrying out an investigation to determine whether any criminal offence involving assisting a suicide had been committed.

Last week, Dr Nitschke was suspended by the Medical Board of Australia which ruled he posed “a serious risk to the health and safety of the public”.

* Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or the Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467.