104 year old Australian Scientist David Goodall ends his Life

104 year old Australian Scientist David Goodall ends his Life

Australia's oldest scientist David Goodall has taken his final journey to the strains of Beethoven's last symphony and surrounded by family in Switzerland.

"If I had been asked to provide my own comments on David Goodall, I would have said he is perceptive, brilliant and inventive", said Robert Russon, a 30-year professor at the Logan school in a letter to the Herald Journal newspaper.

"My life has been rather poor for the past year or so". I want to die.

"In fact his last words were: 'This is taking an awfully long time!'".

His last meal was fish and chips, and Exit International director Philip Nitschke helped organize Beethoven's 9th Symphony to be played at his death, a spontaneous request by Goodall prompted by a reporter's question at a news conference on Wednesday.

May Professor David Goodall finally rest in peace.

According to CNN, Goodall told reporters on Tuesday that his failing mobility and eyesight were a burden to live with and disclosed that his life stopped being enjoyable "five or 10 years ago".

He stepped back from full-time employment in 1979, but remained heavily involved in his field of work. Some of his grandchildren were with him in his final hours, Exit International said.

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At 102, he successfully challenged a demand that he give up his office at Edith Cowan University in Perth.

"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".

Assisted suicide is illegal in most countries around the world and was banned in Australia until the state of Victoria became the first to legalise the practice previous year. In Switzerland, while assisted suicide is technically not legal, it is allowed under certain circumstances.

Goodall said his last public farewell on Wednesday at a news conference created to publicize his decision and to help others who might also seek that path.

"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". The grandfather of 12 wanted "no funeral, no remembrance service or ceremony", Exit International noted.

In addition, by law, no one can financially benefit from an assisted suicide, and patients must be mentally capable of making the decision and not be coerced by someone else. OR has seen many abuses since since its legalization of assisted suicide, such as cases of pills changing hands, either intentionally or unknowingly, with lethal results.

It differs from euthanasia, which is a third-party intervention to end a life to relieve suffering, such as when a doctor administers the lethal dose.

In the United States, assisted suicide is now legal in Colorado, Vermont, Washington, California, Oregon, Hawaii, and the District of Columbia.

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