First to use new assisted dying law

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Sydney

A 61-year-old cancer patient has become the first person in over two decades to die under controversial assisted dying laws in Australia, a charity said. Kerry Robertson died in July, three months after the mother-of-two ceased treatment for metastatic breast cancer, the support group Go Gentle Australia said Sunday. The state of Victoria passed a law in 2017 to legalise the practice, which went into effect this June. Other states are now expected to follow suit. Robertson, who ended her life in the southeastern town of Bendigo, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010—which then spread into her bones, lung, brain, and liver.