Parting Words From 104-Year-Old on Eve of His Suicide

David Goodall hopes effort to end his life will help others
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted May 9, 2018 10:59 AM CDT

(Newser) – David Goodall is now in Basel, Switzerland, and he'll only be there one more day: He plans to end his life via assisted suicide on Thursday. Though he welcomes death, the 104-year-old Australian botanist and ecologist hopes his legacy will soon be strengthened by the legalization of assisted suicide in countries that ban the practice outright or limit it to those with terminal illnesses. Goodall doesn't have one—he speaks of poor eyesight and mobility issues that keep him confined to a wheelchair—and thus had to fly 8,600 miles from his home in Perth to end his life at Basel's Life Circle clinic. More details and highlights from what will be Goodall's last interviews:

  • "I am glad to arrive," Goodall told reporters Monday at an airport in Switzerland, after a short visit with relatives in France, per the Local. The trip was made possible with $20,000 from a GoFundMe campaign. Of his newfound celebrity, he added, "I'm happy about it. People should talk about what I am doing."
  • Goodall tells the AP that life-ending drugs should be free and available with a doctor's prescription after middle age. The scientist, who doesn't believe in an afterlife, said he has tried to take his own life at least three times, "clumsily," per the AP. He tells CNN that his last attempt took place just a few weeks ago; he came to in a hospital.

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