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Suicide mystery of sisters Susan Frazier and Lila Ammouri


Cal Ammouri says he’s as shocked as everyone that his sisters are gone forever.

He is the only surviving brother of two Arizona women who died under mysterious circumstances at an assisted suicide clinic in Basel, Switzerland last month.

Ammouri – who lives in a small walk-up building on the fourth floor in Manhattan’s Washington Heights neighborhood – said he has never visited the upscale Cave Creek neighborhood, a suburb north of Phoenix, where his two accomplished sisters lived together for years before leaving home last month, apparently to die.

But Cal, who is 60 and said he worked in IT, said they would talk on the phone and said he was baffled by their apparent decision to go to Pegasos, one of the few suicide clinics in the world that will help people commit suicide even if they are perfectly healthy.

The women, Lila Ammouri, 54, and Susan Ammouri Frazier, 46, reportedly paid $11,000 each to end their lives. Unlike other assisted suicide organizations in Switzerland, such as Dignitas and Exit, Pegasos, which was established in 2019, accepts applications from people who are not terminally ill.

“I’m totally devastated and I don’t know why they did this,” Ammouri told The Post on Friday. “They were so secretive, especially with me. Can anyone tell me what happened? Do people crack like that? It might be. You wake up one day and you don’t feel like life is precious.

Lila Ammouri, 54, and Susan Ammouri Frazier, 46, reportedly paid $11,000 each to end their lives in Switzerland.

Lila, a palliative care physician, and Susan, a registered nurse, apparently flew from Phoenix to Orlando, Fla., on Feb. 3 and then to Zurich without telling family or friends the details, a source said. law enforcement source in Phoenix. The Post.

The Pegasos Clinic is as secret as Cal Ammouri said his sisters were. The physical address of the clinic is closely monitored. She employs a company called Coll-Control in Basel to receive her mail.

The alarm was first raised by friends and colleagues of the Ammouri sisters, who both worked for Aetna Health Care, when the women never returned to work. They were to return from vacation on February 13. A Facebook group has been created to find them.

A friend, cardiologist David Biglari, told Fox10 in Phoenix on March 17 that he and others feared foul play was involved.

Cal Ammouri, the siblings' brother, is shocked by their actions.
Cal Ammouri, the siblings’ brother, is shocked by their actions.
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Biglari said no one has heard from the sisters since an email was sent from a work laptop on February 9. Then a text message, allegedly from one of the sisters, was received by a colleague the following day. But Biglari said the text contained spelling mistakes and he believes it may have been sent by someone posing as Lila or Susan.

“Some of the text communications they had, we’re sure weren’t from them,” Biglari said. “They were most likely made with someone else.”

He said that before the trip, he and others had seen no indication that anything was bothering either sister.

“They were in a very good position in their lives in terms of their careers and what they achieved and accomplished, and there’s no reason why they shouldn’t come back on their own accord,” Biglari added. .

Pegasos, which was founded in 2019, is the only VAD (voluntary assisted death) organization in Switzerland that accepts applications from people who are not terminally ill.
Pegasos, which was founded in 2019, is the only VAD (voluntary assisted death) organization in Switzerland that accepts applications from people who are not terminally ill.
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Finally, after questions from the sisters’ colleagues and a congressman from Arizona, US consular officials confirmed on March 23 that the sisters died last month.

The Basel-Land prosecutor’s office said the sisters ended their lives “within the legal framework” of Switzerland

Selinda Staggers, a medical assistant who worked remotely for four years with Lila, said ‘staff members’ jaws dropped and they all fell silent’ when a supervisor told them the doctor had died but not How? ‘Or’ What.

“She was the nicest, sweetest person,” Staggers said. “Always asked me about myself. She was very normal, very nice, very professional.

Pegasos is located in Basel, Switzerland, where assisted suicide is legal.
Pegasos is located in Basel, Switzerland, where assisted suicide is legal.
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Staggers said she saw no indication Lila was physically ill or depressed and was surprised to learn she had gone to Switzerland to die.

Biglari told The Post on Thursday that he doesn’t know what to think now that he knows the sisters took their own lives.

“We still need answers,” he said.

Cal Ammouri says he also wants answers and is frustrated by his conversations with Swiss consular officials who he says have given him very little information.

The Pegasos Clinic did not return an email from The Post seeking comment.

The Daily Mail reported last week that Lili Ammouri placed her million-dollar home in an in-family trust on January 25, an arrangement to transfer the home to the family without the conventional legal process of proving they are the heirs to the property. .

The women were first reported missing, as they kept their actions secret.
The women were initially believed to be missing, as they kept their actions a secret.
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Ammouri says he is their only blood relative but knows nothing about the transfer of ownership.

He also swears that there were no dark family secrets that he or his sisters hid over the years and that there was no abuse in the family. But he admitted he hadn’t seen his sisters for at least 30 years.

“I’m not going to give up until I learn what happened.”

Cal Ammouri trying to find out the circumstances of his sister’s death

Like Cal Ammouri, his sisters were childless. Lila had never married but Susan married briefly, then divorced, an abusive man, according to Cal and a friend of the sisters who did not want to be publicly identified.

“I don’t know why she was with him,” Ammouri said. “You can’t just marry the first guy that comes along.”

Cal said he and Lila were born in Chicago and their parents later moved to Lincoln, Neb., where Susan was born. Their father, Andrew, was a South Dakota state-certified microbiologist, Cal said.

At some point, Cal’s parents separated, he said. He and Andrew moved to New York where the father worked for a city lab. His sisters and their mother moved to Arizona.

Faye Ammouri died in 2011 aged 75, but no records were immediately available to indicate Andrew’s death. Cal said his father died “within the last five years” but was vague. Andrew lived at the same address as Cal, who spoke outside his apartment to a Post reporter.

A colleague who received a text message from one of the women does not believe it is from her.
A colleague who received a text message from one of the women does not believe it is from her.
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Cal said Lila called him on Feb. 10 but didn’t say she was in Switzerland and looked normal. A Swiss government official, speaking on condition of anonymity to the Post, said the sisters died on February 11.

According to Cal, the call came from Lila’s familiar number in Arizona. Earlier this week, however, he told The Independent he last spoke to his sisters in early January.

“I begged them to call me every week, but they almost never did,” Ammouri said. “I had to be very careful how I spoke to them. One misstep and it was, ‘Oh, boy.’

Australian and American documentaries of patients who once traveled to Pegasos to die there give a rare glimpse inside the clinic. The rooms have cinderblock walls painted white, as well as what appears to be a rug pinned to the wall.

The physical address of the Pegasos Clinic is closely monitored.
The physical address of the Pegasos Clinic is closely monitored.
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The clinic allows pets inside the rooms to comfort the dying and allows patients to choose music to accompany their final moments.

When the time comes, the patients are given instructions on how to commit suicide, choosing between a lethal drink or death by intravenous drip. A doctor will hook the patient up to the drip to make sure the needle is inserted correctly, but the patient must push a notch to let its contents flow through their body on their own.

A third party must be there to confirm and identify the person after death. Pegasos advises patients who do not have a witness to contact another assisted dying organization called Exit for assistance. It’s unclear who served as a witness for the Ammouri sisters, but their brother hopes to find out more.

“I’m not going to quit until I learn what happened,” Cal said. He gestured up the apartment stairwell toward the building’s mailboxes.

“I still hope to receive a letter from them with explanations.”

Additional reporting by Alexandra Williams

New York Post

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