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Raid on US 'suicide kit' seller Sharlotte Hydorn, 91


A 91-year-old Californian woman who sells kits to help people end their lives says her home has been raided by federal agents.

Sharlotte Hydorn said they took away her computers, sewing kits and boxes of what she calls "exit kits", the Associated Press reported.

The kits contain a plastic hood that closes around the neck and clear tubing to hook up to a tank of gas.

She made headlines after a man from Oregon took his life using a kit.

The death of the 29-year-old in December outraged Oregon lawmakers who are now working on a bill to outlaw such devices.

'New experience'

Ms Hydorn told AP she opened the door of her home in El Cajon, California, to about a dozen armed federal agents at 0730 (1530GMT) on Wednesday.

They spent the next 10 hours packing up "boxes and boxes and boxes" of stuff, leaving her home in a mess, AP reports.

"It was a new experience, and at my age, I've lived through many things," she said.

Special Agent Darrell Foxworth, of the FBI's San Diego office, confirmed that agents had been at Ms Hydorn's home but did not go into details about the contents of the warrant.

Ms Hydorn went on to say that the agents took away 20 kits that were ready to be mailed out, and showed her a list of the kits she had put in the post that had been intercepted.

The 91-year-old has been selling the $60 (£36) kits under the brand name GLADD - Glorious Life and Dignified Death - for some years.

She insists she only wants to help the terminally ill, and is not interested in making money.

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