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Drink the Fungi  
  A method of suicide or criminal punishment involving ingestion of spores.  

This does not sound pleasant.

"They are primitives, these earth vertebrates," he said. "We shall not even bring him back to consciousness. You have failed us, Neis."

“I fell down on my knees and begged for the privilege of drinking the fungi. Alakus caught my arm in his great claw and was about to pinch it off, but he changed his mind. Instead, he gave the permission to drink, then ordered me to be thrown into the prison yard, to lie there until the slow death claims me..."

“What do you mean when you say 'drink of the fungi'?” he forced himself to ask the little man calmly.

"Ons and Thaks alike who are doomed to die are sometimes permitted to drink the spores of white fungi in solution,” answered Neis through set teeth, for the first agony of his fatal potion was upon him. “Nothing can save the victim. The fungi slowly eat him. Death usually occurs after about ten days of your earth time. Sometimes much sooner.”

Technovelgy from The Three Suns of Ev, by Edwin K. Sloat.
Published by Amazing Stories in 1933
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Nothing much is left:

But in the control room we found a moldering skeleton against the rear wall. There were a few metal buttons and shreds of clothing. That was all that remained of Neis. He had evidently died while gazing back at the whirling, thinning cloud of his world, which like himself was passing out of existence.

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