Assisted suicide for one of the owners of the legendary Studio 54

Assisted suicide for one of the owners of the legendary Studio 54


Mark Fleischman, one of the owners of the legendary Studio 54, the nightclub that ran the New York elite in the 1970s and 1980s, died by assisted suicide in Switzerland. He was 82. 

According to the New York Post, Fleischman was unable to walk and his speech was impaired after he fell ill in 2016. Doctors are not never managed to diagnose his exact condition.

“I can't walk, my speech is screwed up and I can't do anything for myself. My wife helps me into bed and I can't get dressed or put on my shoes. I take a soft exit. It's the easiest solution for me,” he told The Post last month.

Warhol, Minelli… Trudeau

< p>Studio 54 has hosted stars like Andy Warhol, Calvin Klein, Halston, Liza Minelli and Cher. Even Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau's wife, Margaret Trudeau, mother of current Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, made appearances there that were noticed as far away as…Ottawa.

The first Owners Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager sold the nightclub to Fleischman in 1980, three years after he founded it, following a conviction for tax evasion. Fleischman divested himself of the premises four years later, and in 1986 Studio 54 closed its doors for good, becoming a legend that even earned him a Hollywood film, “54”, in 1998, with Neve Campbell, Salma Hayek, Mike Myers, Ryan Phillippe and Sela Ward.

An inveterate party animal

Fleischman has never made a secret of partying a lot in his life, which may have caught up with him at the end of his life.

< p>“I liked being stoned. So I was on drugs and drinking. Maybe this [state of health] is due to the fact that I drank a lot and took drugs”, he had suggested to the “Post”.

After suffering for years , Fleischman decided to travel to Switzerland, where he was given a lethal dose of barbiturates.

“The more I think about it, the more I want to do it. I fly direct to Zurich from LA. There will be no last party,” Fleischman told the Big Apple daily.

This choice of assisted suicide is not meaningless for Fleischman, who has worked in the non-profit organization Dignitas, established in 1998 to help people commit suicide when their health is failing. Dignitas members reviewed his medical records and held conversations with him.