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Gervais: 'We fail elderly'.

COMEDIAN Ricky Gervais has said he is pro-euthanasia, joking that he hopes one day he will be able to walk into a chemist and ask for a pill to end his life.

The Office star bemoaned the "out of sight, out of mind" culture towards old people in the UK and America, and speaking on the topic of assisted dying, he said: "You should be allowed to die with dignity and say when you've had enough."

Gervais also revealed he has been offered a slot as alter ego David Brent at Glastonbury, although failed to say whether he will definitely appear at the world famous festival.

Explaining that his mother, sister and three nieces have all worked in retirement homes, Gervais said: "In Britain and America we don't really take care of our old people.

"We have the attitude of out of sight, out of mind. People used to live with their grandparents but now it's 'Put them in a home; we want our own life'."

The 52-year-old said he is not afraid of dying, but fears ill health and not having a decent quality of life.
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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Date:Apr 7, 2014
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