104yo David Goodall at home

In accordance with his plan, Goodall died on Thursday (Thursday night NZ Time) at an assisted-suicide clinic, putting an end to a life that, he said, had become increasingly hard to live.

Goodall, while he was alive, had said: "What I would like is for other countries to follow Switzerland's lead and make these facilities available to all clients, if they meet the requirements, and the requirements not just of age, but of mental capacity".

The 104-year-old Australian scientist who travelled to Switzerland received 15g of Nembutal even as Beethoven's 9th Symphony accompanied the former ecologist as he drifted into final sleep.

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Speaking on Thursday in the room where he later died, Mr Goodall said: "My life has been rather poor for the past year or so".

Nitschke, from pro-euthanasia Group Exit International, said: It is the first time I have heard someone say its taking a long time when the drug is intravenous, but David was quite impatient for it to be over'.


He wanted his body to be donated to science or for his ashes to be sprinkled.

"My entire life was out in the area (doing work), however that I cannot move from the industry now", said Goodall, who needs a wheel chair and also walking frame to go about, during a meeting in his Basel hotel. "My feeling is that an old person like myself should have full citizenship rights including the right of assisted suicide".

"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".

"A peaceful, dignified death is the entitlement of all who want it", it said on its website on Monday.

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


University officials later reversed their decision.

The story adds, "Mr. Goodall said, 'I've had a good life.' He was not afraid of death but acknowledged that he previously tried to end his life in Australia".

Goodall said he thought it was time for him to die.

However, the Australian Medical Association's president, Dr Michael Gannon, says he was concerned that the "suicide of someone who's aged 100" was being celebrated.

"I am content to leave them undone".


"One should be free to choose death, when death is at an appropriate time", Goodall told reporters at a Wednesday press conference, according to The Sun.

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