Former Studio 54 Club Owner Mark Fleischman Dies by Assisted Suicide

Former Studio 54 nightclub owner Mark Fleischman died by assisted suicide in Switzerland on July 13.

Fleischman, who owned the iconic New York hangout in the 1980s, took his life at the Dignitas clinic near Zurich, after suffering a mysterious degenerative illness since 2016.

“He was very brave and the nurses said he had an unusually peaceful transition. I am happy he is free but will desperately miss my best friend, constant companion, adviser, supporter, and mainly love,” Fleischman’s wife Mimi wrote in a Facebook post, as quoted by The Independent.

Danny Fitzgerald, who co-owned the Century Club in Los Angeles in the 1990s and 2000s, said in an Instagram post that Fleischman “no longer wanted to endure the suffering.”

Fitzgerald said that he organized a “living” wake for Fleischman on July 4 and had hoped he would postpone his visit to Switzerland.

“We had a really nice party for him and a lot of his friends came, and everyone thought, ‘he’s going to postpone it a month and we’ll see what we can do’. But he was set on doing it,” Fitzgerald told BBC News.

“I guess he was in more pain than we knew,” Fitzgerald also said.

Fleischman told The New York Post last month  that he couldn’t “do anything for myself.”

Fleischman said that neurologists had been unable to diagnose his condition, which had recently confined him to a wheelchair.

“I’m taking a gentle way out. It is the easiest way out for me,” Fleischman told the tabloid newspaper.

Fleischman took over Studio 54 after its two original co-owners went to jail for tax evasion. The legendary hangout had a reputation for attracting the most famous celebrities, including Andy Warhol, Freddie Mercury, and Elizabeth Taylor.

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