Terminally ill businessman announces his death date and funeral on LinkedIn (True Story)

Today I read a story I believed to be fake. To my surprise, it was a true story. I normally post LinkedIn Tips and Tricks but today that is not what this blog is about. This post is about a man named Simon Binner.  Simon announced to his friends and business colleagues on LinkedIn of his upcoming death and funeral. Simon Binner, 57, who suffers from Motor Neurone Disease (MND), updated his profile to announce that he will die this coming Monday the 19th of October 2015 at Eternal Spirit clinic in Basel.

Here’s how Mr. Binner broke the news in the ‘Experience’ section of his profile.


Simon and his wife released a video saying UK law forced them into traveling abroad for his assisted pre-planned death.

‘It’s my legal right to choose when I die’

In a video posted online, Mr. Binner – his speech slurred because of his condition – said he wanted to stay for Christmas but felt he was unable to in case his condition deteriorated further.

“I don’t want to go to Switzerland either – I want to be here for Christmas”.

His wife Debbie Binner, said her husband “strongly” believes he has the legal right to choose when he will die.

From Wikipedia;

In the United States the term motor neuron disease is often used interchangeably withamyotrophic lateral sclerosis. [2] The other four motor neuron diseases are: primary lateral sclerosis, progressive muscular atrophy, progressive bulbar palsy andpseudobulbar palsy. [2] In the United Kingdom motor neurone disease is used to differentiate this disorder from the other motor neuron diseases though it is alsoknown as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. To avoid confusion, the annual scientific research conference dedicated to the study of MND is called the “International ALS/MND Symposium”.

Simon LinkedIn profile goes on to say:

I don’t recommend MND! Better to have one massive fatal stroke or be killed instantly by a drunk driver! There is nothing that I can say that’s positive about MND.I end this post by sending my condolence to the family and friends of Mr. Binner.

How does one end a blog post like this?

There is a reason they call it the present. Live today like it is your last. Be happy, be kind and godspeed Mr. Simon Binner.

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