Controversial Fringe show ‘on verge of being shut down’

Dr Philip Nitschke was told just hours before he was due on stage that he was unable to use gas cylinders in his show. Picture: Phil Wilkinson

Dr Philip Nitschke was told just hours before he was due on stage that he was unable to use gas cylinders in his show. Picture: Phil Wilkinson

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POLICE and Edinburgh City Council are taking action to close a controversial Fringe show by a right-to-die campaigner dubbed “Dr Death”.

Australian Dr Philip Nitschke was told just hours before he was due on stage yesterday, that he was unable to use gas cylinders needed for the show.

Dr Nitschke had been planning to gas members of the audience with harmless nitrogen gas, to show how his so called euthanasia machine, Destiny, works.

“Things aren’t going ahead as planned,” he said.

“The police and council have moved to close down any demonstration of the Destiny machine.”