Andrew Denton faces multiple bypass surgery

The 57-year-old's father died painfully from heart failure two decades ago  Denton set up Go Gentle Australia last year in a bid to legalise euthanasia The Victorian government hopes to introduce legislation to parliament that would allow terminally ill Victorians to choose when they die  

By Khaleda Rahman For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 04:34 BST, 2 August 2017 | Updated: 04:34 BST, 2 August 2017

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Andrew Denton will have to undergo multiple bypass surgery after being diagnosed with advanced heart disease.

The 57-year-old television legend's father died painfully from heart failure after being diagnosed with the same condition 20 years ago, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Now, Denton, the director of Go Gentle Australia, will have to withdraw from campaigning to legalise euthanasia – a cause he has devoted recent years to – at a crucial moment.

Andrew Denton (pictured) will have to undergo multiple bypass surgery after being diagnosed with advanced heart disease

Andrew Denton (pictured) will have to undergo multiple bypass surgery after being diagnosed with advanced heart disease

The Victorian government hopes to introduce legislation to parliament that would allow terminally ill Victorians to choose when they die, in accordance with strict guidelines including that they have less than 12 months to live.

His absence is 'a disaster for the campaign,' a supporter told the newspaper.

Denton set up Go Gentle Australia last year specifically to gain the right for terminally ill to a

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