harsh but true...
we all get 'got' by something.
I believe it said that Richard Briers was diagnosed with emphysemia several years ago so he has already suffered quite a lot. Same with the actress Liz Dawn (Vera Duckworth) she's been gradually deteriorating for several years which is horrible.
You go from being slightly short of breath, to very short of breath to gasping for breath and having to sit down, take oxygen, be pushed around and literally fighting for breath to keep you alive.
I'd much rather die of old age and feel fit and healthy and do what I like and just pop my clogs in my sleep one night.
I saw my late M-I-L die hooked up to oxygen in her own home and also my neighbour in his late 50's and it is very disturbing.