LONDON — The death of King George V, grandfather of Queen Elizabeth II, was hastened by his doctor, who administered injections of morphine and cocaine in an act of euthanasia.
King George V died on Jan. 20, 1936, officially of bronchial problems combined with a weak heart.
But the king`s doctor, Lord Dawson, wrote in memoirs disclosed Wednesday that he hastened George`s death with the approval of the royal family and timed it to ensure that the first news of the monarch`s death would make the morning newspapers, Independent Television News said.
The television report was based on an article by Francis Watson, Dawson`s biographer, that is to appear in the December issue of the magazine History Today, due on the newsstands Thursday.
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