Terri Schiavo Has Died

Terri Schiavo died shortly before 10 A.M., according to news reports.

Terri Schiavo, 41, Dies in Fla. Hospice (Washington Post)

Terri Schiavo, the brain-damaged Florida woman whose condition ignited a protracted legal struggle, died today at a Florida hospice, 13 days after her feeding tube was removed under a court order. Representatives of both sides in a dispute over her fate confirmed the death shortly before 10 a.m. EST.

The death of Schiavo, 41, ended the court battle that had pitted her husband, who wanted to take her off artificial life support, against her parents and siblings, who sought to keep her alive at all costs. But the death appeared unlikely to quell the broader controversy fueled by the Schiavo case, one that set right-to-life, antiabortion and conservative religious groups — with backing from President Bush and Republican leaders in Congress — against advocates of a “right to die” when the brain no longer functions.

Schiavo’s death, at the Woodside Hospice in Pinellas Park, Fla., came 15 years after she suffered cardiac arrest, experienced a loss of oxygen to the brain and slipped into a coma as a result of an eating disorder. She later emerged from the coma, but she never regained consciousness and remained in what doctors said was a “persistent vegetative state.”

May she rest in peace.

See my Terri Schiavo Case archives for previous posts on this subject.

NYT, CNN, and AP have obits as well.

Others blogging:

See also the trackbacks below.

Minor errors corrected.

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  1. Terri Schiavo Has Died
    May she rest in peace.

  2. GOP Bloggers says:

    Terri Schiavo Has Died
    Via FOX News: Terri Schiavo died Thursday morning around 10 a.m. EST after her parents had plead with her husband Michael Schiavo to allow them to be at their brain-damaged daughter’s bedside in her final hours, a spokesman for the…

  3. McGehee says:

    Um, what I wrote was “in the last few weeks,” not the last fifteen years.


    Breaking News ….

    PINELLAS PARK, Fla. (Reuters) – Terri Schiavo, the brain-damaged Florida woman at the heart of a bitter right-to-die dispute that drew in the U.S. Congress and President Bush, died on Thursday, 13 days after a court halted h…

  5. Terri Schiavo is Dead
    She’s gone on to a place far better than the one she left. The rest of us still on earth…

  6. Terri Schiavo Dead
    I don’t have anything to say on this other than it was a horrible way to die and she should have been allowed to die 15 years ago. See my entry on thoughts on Terri, euthanasia, abortion and the death…

  7. Gay Orbit says:

    Terri Schiavo Has Died
    CNN has the story.

    May she rest in peace.

    James has a link roundup and many of those links are from people who will continue to try to make political hay out of her death.

  8. Terri Schiavo, 1963-2005
    It’s all over.

  9. Theresa Marie Schiavo (nee Schindler), R.I.P.
    Although we’ve been shouting about the absurdity of the Catch-22 that Terri Schindler-Schiavo found herself in, she finally has succumbed to her husband’s cruelty. Unfortunately, our focus and passion on saving her life was inconsistent, peaking only…

  10. Hyscience says:

    Video: Family Lawyer and Priest speaks out about Terri’s death
    Terri’s eyes were open at the last moment Father Pavone saw her. See and hear for yourself.

  11. America murders Terri Schindler-Schiavo
    Today, I am ashamed to be an American. The inhumane monsters who condemned Terri Schiavo to be executed by prolonged…

  12. Whispers, Whispers (Cont’d)…
    Now THIS (last paragraph) is bad. Should we not, as people, even in times of great stress, fight the urge to deny our duties as, well, people? At least they got to view the body… *sigh* May Spirit touch (and…

  13. Anomalocaris says:

    This unfortunate case of Terri Schiavo has brought forth a great deal of compassion and caring from millions of people concerned about the well-being of one individual.

    Death is a natural part of life; every person and every living creature will die some day. Some die after a long, productive, and satisfying life, and others are cut short before their time.

    Every day on planet earth, 29,000 children die before reaching their fifth birthday. Most of these deaths are of preventable. Pneumonia kills millions every year, yet it can be cured with a dollar’s worth of antibiotics. Diarrheal dehydration kills over a million children every year, and most of these lives could be saved if the parents had access to a ten-cent packet of oral rehydration salts and knew the procedure for administering oral rehydration therapy. Tuberculosis kills over two million a year, and is curable with a course of drugs costing just $10.

    I hope that the outpouring of compassion for Terri Schiavo will be channeled, or broadcast, to the millions of children in the world living and dying in poverty, whose lives are needlessly snuffed out for want of ten cents’ worth of oral rehydration salts, a dollar’s worth of antibiotics, or a two dollar mosquito net that prevents the spread of malaria during sleep.

  14. Peaktalk says:

    May she rest in peace. There will be some more analysis here on this affair later this week with commentary from overseas. In the meantime, James Joyner has a good round-up of reactions….

  15. Rest in Peace, Terri Schiavo
    My Way News: Schiavo Dies 13 Days After Tube Removed Daisy Cutter: Terri’s Gone Cao’s Blog: God Bless Terri Schiavo Captain’s Quarters: Terri Schiavo, RIP Extreme Wisdom: Court-Ordered Execution of an Innocent Person GOP Insight: Terri Will Never B…

  16. Terri Schiavo has died
    Terri is with God now, and regardless of what you thought about her passing, I hope you will agree that she is in a much better place now. I think the lesson we should all learn from Terri is that people should never depend on verbal end-of-life wish…

  17. Did you notice how insensitive President Bush’s remarks were this morning about Terri Schiavo? He used her death as a segway to talk about homeland security…

  18. Copper says:

    May she rest in peace now; since she certainly didn’t have it while the politicians and media made a circus over her life and now in her death. Shame on them.

  19. Terri has passed
    I just heard on the radio that Terri has died. Pray for the family.

  20. I Lied, Sort Of (Updated)
    I promised back here that I'd have nothing more to say about Terri Schiavo. So I'm going to let someone else do the talking. My wife is supposed to go to the Tampa area on business next month. I'm going to worry. UPDATE: And now I'm…