Right-To-Die Advocate David Goodall Ends Life Listening To 'Ode To Joy'

Day out in the sun One of Dr Goodall's grandchildren pushes his wheelchair through the Basel University Botanical Gardens

Goodall had to travel to Switzerland, where assisted suicide is legal, to be able to end his life.

Dr Goodall said that he would have preferred to end his life in Australia, but he wasn't permitted to do so because he wasn't terminally ill. What is sad is if one is prevented.

Goodall, who was born in London, England, left Australia last week, arriving in Switzerland on Monday after visiting relatives in France on his way.

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

Mr Goodall said he had been contemplating the idea of suicide for about 20 years, but only started thinking about it for himself after his quality of life deteriorated over the last year.

Euthanasia is illegal in Australia, though the state of Victoria is planning to allow assisted dying from mid-2019.

Assisted suicide is banned in Australia, so Goodall boarded a plane last week and travelled more than 12,000km to Basel, a Swiss city near the French and German borders. "I no longer want to continue life". Some critics in Switzerland say assisted suicide should only be available to the terminally ill.

Two days before his death, he said since the past 5-10 years, that he had stopped enjoying life because of his failing mobility and sight. "My feeling is that an old person like myself should have full citizenship rights including the right of assisted suicide".

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He was not terminally ill but said he had grown exhausted of living with deteriorating health. He claims Goodall "died peacefully".

"I'm looking forward to it", he said of his imminent death. After an uproar and support from scientists globally, the decision was reversed.

Speaking yesterday in the room where he later died, Goodall said: "My life has been rather poor for the past year or so". He fell on his back in the corner of his one-bedroom apartment.

"The process of dying can be rather unpleasant, but it need not be", he said.

"This is taking an bad long time", Goodall reportedly complained about the actual death process.

However, the professor said that he hoped the large mediatization of his case would lead to the legalization of assisted dying in other countries.

Yesterday, while wearing a jumper with the words "Aging Disgracefully", he told a news conference: "There are many things I would like to do, but it's too late".

"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", Prof.

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