The Royle Family and Brookside actress, 80, said her harrowing loss forced her to broach the subject.
It comes as Dame Esther Rantzen and the Daily Express continue to push for MPs to freely debate and vote on legalising assisted dying in the UK with our petition and form.
Sue, who is currently starring in Channel 4 thriller Truelove about drunken friends who make a pact after reuniting at a wake, said: “Just before Christmas a very dear friend of mine died and I was at his bedside. We discussed it [euthanasia].”
She questions whether she would want her family to be at her bedside “when you’ve gone really and you’re just being kept alive by medicine” and supports the right to choose how to die. But the Warringtonborn grandmother of two also told BBC Breakfast yesterday: “I cannot answer the question as to whether I would have the courage to do it.”
Sue is the latest well-known name calling for lawmakers to debate the issue again.
Assisted dying is illegal in Britain. But there is renewed public debate after Dame Esther, 83, revealed she has signed up to the swiss suicide clinic Dignitas.
The former That’s Life! host, who founded the ChildLine and The Silver Line support networks, was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer at the start of last year.
She wants to choose how and when she ends her life. And her family have given their blessing – despite facing potential murder or manslaughter charges and up to 14 years in prison if they accompany her to Zurich.
Last night our petition, submitted with charity Dignity in Dying, had attracted more than 14,000 signatures. On legalising assisted dying, Sue said: “It’s an option people should have. It’s their life, their choice. I don’t know whether I’d want it, but then I’m not in a position where life is intolerable.
“Of course, people can be ruthless and may take advantage of a change in the law to get rid of people, so it would have to be safeguarded. I have animals and when they’re in terrible pain, we put them to sleep. It’s heartbreaking but we do it for their sake”
MPs last voted on euthanasia in 2015, overwhelmingly rejecting moves to enable doctors to help terminally ill people end their lives.
Our petition calls for the Government to allocate Parliamentary time for assisted dying to be fully debated in the House of Commons – and to give MPs a vote on the issue.
Backed by Dame Esther and Dignity in Dying, it will run until July 5.
Having reached more than 10,000 signatures, the Government is obliged to offer a written response.
If it passes 100,000 supporters, it will be considered for debate in Parliament.
Please add your voice to our call if you believe that dying people in the UK should have the option to end their lives with dignity, subject to strict eligibility criteria and safeguards.
You can sign by visiting petition.parliament.uk/petitions/653593
Or scan the QR code to sign.