World renowned scientist, David Goodall, has died after travelling to Switzerland to end his life at an assisted suicide clinic at the age of 104.
Dr Goodall had travelled to the clinic from his home in Australia, where euthanasia is forbidden.
He died at 12.30pm local time from a lethal injection, with Beethoven’s 9th Symphony playing in the room where he was being helped to die, Sky writes.
David #Goodall with his family who are filling out witness forms ahead of his assisted suicide says “what are we waiting for?”. He tells me he is certain he has made the right decision as his life has been very hard in recent years pic.twitter.com/iteul01vuU
— Michelle Clifford (@skynewsmichelle) May 10, 2018
As his family filled out witness forms ahead of the procedure, Dr Goodall, who said he didn’t want funeral or remembrance ceremony, 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,” he added.
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, and turned the wheel himself to start the solution flowing.
Assisted suicide has been legal in Switzerland since the 1940s if performed by someone with no direct interest in the death.
Born in London in 1914, Dr Goodall moved in 1948 to Australia, where he was a lecturer at the University of Melbourne.
He produced dozens of research papers and until recently continued to review and edit for different ecology journals.
Last month, he told Australian broadcaster ABC: “I greatly regret having reached that age (104)…
“I’m not happy. I want to die. It’s not sad particularly. What is sad is if one is prevented.
“My feeling is that an old person like myself should have full citizenship rights including the right of assisted suicide,” he added.