104-Year-Old Australian Scientist Ends Own Life

104-Year-Old Australian Scientist Ends Own Life

104-Year-Old Australian Scientist Ends Own Life

In Switzerland after the procedure of euthanasia died 104-year-old Australian ecologist David Goodall, according to CNN.

Dignitas, one of Switzerland's three assisted-death groups, told USA TODAY in a statement that Goodall's decision is "the outcome 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".

Several family members were with Goodall until his death, which was preceded by formal paperwork that visibly frustrated Goodall, who said "What are we waiting for?"

He chose fish and chips, followed by cheesecake, as his final meal on Wednesday night.

A noted ecologist and botanist, 104-year-old David Goodall reportedly took his final breaths as the song he chose, Beethoven's "Ode to Joy", came to a close.

Goodall "died peacefully" in Basel, tweeted Philip Nitschke, founder of Exit International, the organisation which helped Goodall take his own life.

The scientist had travelled to Switzerland after his home country denied him help of ending his life.

"At my age, or less than my age, one wants to be free to choose the death when the death is at an appropriate time", Goodall reportedly said prior to attending the clinic.

His final words were, "This is taking an awfully long time".

"I no longer want to continue life, and I'm happy to have a chance tomorrow to end it", he said during a press conference on Wednesday.

He cited a lack of mobility but he was not ill.

Professor David Goodall had a meeting with death on Thursday-and he was looking forward to it.

The oldest scientist Down Under made headlines two years ago when he was declared unfit to be on campus because he was a safety risk to himself.

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

Goodall was born 4 April 1914 in London, and in 1948 moved to Australia. Assisted suicide was supposed to be meant for people who have lethal medical conditions or are in significant pain but Goodall's case is another example of how healthy people are killing themselves.

Drake said that advocates for assisted suicide "either discount those concerns or frankly they don't care, they figure the people who might be hurt by this won't be them, and I think that's what it boils down to".

Exit International said Goodall had requested that his body be donated to medicine, or his ashes sprinkled locally.

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