Putney professor drew up 160 page suicide plan after battling degenerative brain disease


Philip Adey was diagnosed with multiple system atrophy in 2010.

By SWLondoner staff

An eminent professor from Putney committed suicide after a three-year battle with a degenerative brain disease, an inquest has heard.

Philip Adey, 73, a professor at Kings College London, was diagnosed with multiple system atrophy in 2010 and was warned he could be bed-bound.

He left a 160 page plan to kill himself entitled ‘Final Exit’, giving detailed instructions for his funeral as well as messages to his family.

He was found on a sofa by his second wife Jadwiga after gassing himself in his study.

In an obituary written by his son, Professor Adey was described as a “tirelessly and intellectually rigorous” individual who inspired thousands of teachers during his professional development sessions. 

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