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Mercy killing suspect dies

October 08, 2009|Shelby Grad

The 90-year-old doctor who was accused last month in the mercy killing of his terminally ill wife before turning the gun on himself has died of his injuries.

As a result, the Orange County district attorney's office has dismissed the case, officials announced Wednesday.

Authorities alleged that James Fish gave his 88-year-old wife, Phyllis, morphine before opening fire at their home in the Laguna Woods retirement community.

The district attorney's office charged Fish with voluntary manslaughter.

He died Tuesday at an Orange County hospital.

-- Shelby Grad

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