'This is taking a long time': David Goodall's last words revealed

  • 'This is taking a long time': David Goodall's last words revealed

'This is taking a long time': David Goodall's last words revealed

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.

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

He died at the moment the song concluded, said Exit International - a campaign group that helped Dr Goodall travel to the clinic.

The botanist traveled to France last week to see relatives before arriving at a clinic in Liestal, near Basel.

Sky's Michelle Clifford said police and coroner officials would now need to visit the clinic to make sure the assisted suicide was carried out properly. And in his final minutes, he listened to Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, best known for its last movement Ode to Joy, reportedly passing away shortly after the piece of music finished.

On his 104th birthday, Dr Goodall said: "I'm not happy". In his final wishes, he said he didn't want a funeral or remembrance service.

"The message I would like to send is: once one passes the age of 50 or 60, one should be free to decide for oneself whether one wants to go on living or not", he said, the Swiss News Agency, SDA-ATS reported.

"Most people will try to end their lives in Australia such as David Goodall did before he elected to go to Switzerland".

While not terminally ill, Goodall told reporters from across the globe that he had simply stopped enjoying life at his advanced age.

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

The centenarian retained his sense of humor up to the very end and even wore a top inscribed with the words "Ageing Disgracefully" during his meeting with the press on Tuesday.

In Switzerland, assisted suicide is allowed only if the person assisting acts unselfishly.

Goodall was an honorary research associate at Edith Cowan University in Perth, and was the editor-in-chief of the multi-volume Ecosystems of the World in 1979.

Only a handful of countries have legalized assisted suicide or euthanasia, including Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands.

Philip Nitschke, of the assisted suicide advocacy group Exit International, announced Goodall's passing on Twitter.

In the United States, only six states - California, Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Vermont and Washington state - and Washington DC, have death-with-dignity laws for terminally ill patients.