Scientist, 104, Who Was Tired Of Living, Helped To Die In Swiss Clinic

A world renown scientist has died after travelling to Switzerland to end his life at an assisted suicide clinic at the age of 104.

Ecologist David Goodall had travelled to the clinic from his home in Australia, where euthanasia is forbidden.

Staff at the clinic in Basel told Sky News that Dr Goodall had “gone in peace”.

He died at 12.30pm local time from a lethal injection.
THE END: Goodall told his family who are filling out witness forms ahead of his assisted suicide: “what are we waiting for?”

Sky’s Michelle Clifford said she could hear Beethoven’s 9th Symphony coming from the room where he was being helped to die.

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The world-renowned ecologist had told reporters he might play the symphony to accompany his death.

As his family filled out witness forms ahead of the procedure, Dr Goodall asked: “What are we waiting for?”

 Yesterday, while wearing a jumper with the words “Aging Disgracefully”, he told a packed news conference:
“There are many things I would like to do, but it’s too late. I’m content to leave them undone.” 
 Four family members and a close friend had travelled to be at his side when he ended his life.

Dr Goodall, who was not terminally ill, told reporters on Wednesday: “One should be free to choose the death, when death is at an appropriate time.

 “My abilities have been in decline over the past year or two, my eyesight over the past six years.

“I no longer want to continue life.”

The 104-year-old chose to take the lethal drug Nembutal intravenously.

Before the procedure, it was said Dr Goodall would have to turn the wheel himself to start the solution flowing and had the option to change his mind at any time.

Clifford said police and coroner officials would now need to visit the clinic to make sure the assisted suicide was carried out properly.

Assisted suicide has been legal in Switzerland since the 1940s, if performed by someone with no direct interest in the death.

Dr Goodall was born in London in 1914 and moved in 1948 to Australia, where he was a lecturer at the University of Melbourne.


2 thoughts on “Scientist, 104, Who Was Tired Of Living, Helped To Die In Swiss Clinic

  1. Ugandans should not here this. It can easly be passed as a law and practiced in Nalufenya

  2. Only God can take away human life. It’s against Christian teachings to commit suicide under what ever circumstance. There is no heroism in what he has done.

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