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In seven American states it’s legal to take your own life, as long as you are mentally capable of making the decision and physically able to administer your own lethal dose.

In the second of his new three-part series, Louis Theroux meets people who want to die, their families and a group called the Final Exit Network who help people end it all.

Louis Theroux's Altered States - shows cancer patient Gus from California wanted to put his suffering to an end

Cancer patient Gus from California wanted to put his suffering to an end

Gus, 74, has terminal cancer and wants to control how he goes, with his loving family around him (Gus’s wife and daughter, Raeanna and Lilian, pictured above), while mum-of-two Laurie is just 47, but has terminal cancer and also wants to die on her own terms.

It’s a hugely difficult and emotional subject, which is hard to watch at times.

TV Times rating: ****