Published: Fri, May 11, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

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

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

After being denied assisted suicide in his home country of Australia, David Goodall traveled to Switzerland for it. Goodall was 104 years old when he died on Thursday, May 10.

Beethoven's Ode to Joy 9th Symphony was played to Goodall before he died after a last meal of fish and chips and cheesecake.

A group named Exit International helped Goodall find a suitable place to commit assisted suicide.

Shortly before his death, he said he was "happy to end" his life.

Exit International said Goodall had requested that his body be donated to medicine, or his ashes sprinkled locally. He wished to have no funeral, remembrance service or ceremony, since he had "no belief in the afterlife".

While increasingly feeble and unable to live as he once did, Goodall is not sick.

"Professor David Goodall is at the vanguard of this generational change in deciding when and how to die", he said, urging more countries to adopt laws similar to those of Switzerland.

In the last 24 hours Goodall had received a lot of publicity.

"I greatly regret having reached that age; I would much prefer to be 20 or 30 years younger", he told the Australian Broadcasting Corp. during the festivities in April.

"I could still enjoy birdsong", he added.

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He appeared bemused by public interest in his case.

"At my age, and even at rather less than my age, one wants to be free to choose the death and when the death is the appropriate time".

Exit International's Dr Nitschke said voluntary euthanasia laws in Australia are "extremely restrictive". "The question would not have arisen if I were not an old man", he said. "And a person should not be forced to leave home to achieve it".

He had attempted suicide three times, but Australian medical professionals saved him.

Goodall was of the view that his life was no longer worth living and his supporters applauded the decision to take charge of his fate.

Most of his friends are deceased and combined with his inability to work, the respected academic began to feel it was time to decide on how he wanted to end his life.

"At my age, I get right up in the morning".

"As a Christian we don't have a right over our life and particularly under worldwide law there is no right to die".

The honorary research associate at Perth's Edith Cowan University set off from Australia a week ago, and stopped in Bordeaux, France to see family before arriving in Basel on Monday.

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