104 year old Australian Scientist David Goodall ends his Life

13 May, 2018, 09:42 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
  • Day out in the sun One of Dr Goodall's grandchildren pushes his wheelchair through the Basel University Botanical Gardens

"He nearly became a little impatient at the end, having to go through quite a few necessary formal steps that are part of the process", Philip Nitschke, founder of right-to-die group Exit International, told AAP.

Goodall, a member of the Order of Australia for work as a botanist that included publications on arid shrublands, said he had unsuccessfully tried to kill himself in Australia after his faculties including his hearing deteriorated.

Several US states have a form of physician-assisted suicide, as do countries including Japan, Belgium and Switzerland.

"I no longer want to continue life", David Goodall told dozens of journalists who had crammed into a small room at a hotel in the northern Swiss city of Basel on Wednesday, The Local reported.

Dignitas, one of Switzerland's three assisted-death groups, told USA TODAY in a statement that Goodall's decision is "the effect of the absurd Australian law, upheld by ignorant politicians, which denies people like Mr. Goodall access to legal, humane and compassionate end-of-suffering options".

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Goodall's last meal was fish and chips, Reuters reports, but the scientist said he hasn't been able to truly enjoy his meals like he used to.

Present at the death of the acclaimed professor, Nitschke said that the 104-year-old scientist passed away at the exact time the song ended.

His last words, as the infusion started to drip, were, "This is taking an awfully long time!". Some of his grandchildren were with him in his final hours, Exit International said.

There, news of his death prompted debate over his legacy, with some former colleagues suggesting his public suicide fit a personality that did not shy the limelight. "What's the use of that?" said the scientist, who appeared to have lost none of his sense of humor on Tuesday, wearing a top inscribed with the words "Aging Disgracefully".

"I'm happy to have a chance tomorrow to end it".

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Before his death, Goodall said there were things he would have changed, had he to do it all over again.

"One wants to, at my age, even rather less than my age.to be free to choose death when the death is at an appropriate time".

He had not been terminally ill but had been contemplating ending his life for about 20 years, citing mobility issues and failing vision.

Assisted dying is banned in Australia, where the British-born Goodall lived for the last part of his life.

"I would have preferred to have (ended) it in Australia, and I greatly regret that Australia is behind Switzerland" when it comes to right-to-die laws, he said.

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Assisted suicide is illegal in most countries around the world and was banned in Australia until the state of Victoria became the first to legalise the practice past year.

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