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10:25  10 may  2018
10:25  10 may  2018 Source:   news.sky.com

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A 104 -year-old Australian scientist has arrived in Switzerland ahead of his planned assisted suicide this week, insisting he is absolutely certain about his plans to die willingly. Dr David Goodall, a prominent ecologist from Melbourne

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A British-born scientist says he is "content" as he prepares to end his life at Swiss suicide clinic at the age of 104.

David Goodall, a world-renowned ecologist, told a news conference he might play Beethoven's 9th Symphony to accompany his death, surrounded by close relatives, on Thursday.

He has travelled to Switzerland due to the nation's liberal assisted suicide laws, in contrast to his home country of Australia where it remains forbidden.

Dr Goodall, who is not terminally ill, told reporters: "One should be free to choose the death, when death is at an appropriate time.

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104 -year-old Australian scientist David Goodall has arrived in Switzerland ahead of his planned assisted suicide this week. Shortly after landing he expressed hope that his premeditated death will send a message to legislators back home.

David Goodall, 104 , an accomplished Australian scientist , isn’t terminally ill, but he wants to die. Mr. Goodall says his quality of life has deteriorated so badly that he has no reason to live, and he would like to end his life through 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. I'm happy to have the chance tomorrow to end it."

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Dr Goodwall wore a jumper emblazoned with the words "Aging Disgracefully" as he addressed the packed press conference.

He said he felt a "sense of pressure" given the media attention on his end-of-life journey to Switzerland.

"I don't feel that anyone else's choice is involved," he said.

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"It's my own choice to end my life tomorrow."

He told reporters he had not given much thought to a last meal and acknowledged he was not without regrets.

"There are many things I would like to do, but it's too late," Dr Goodall added.

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A 104 -year-old Australian scientist has arrived in Switzerland ahead of his planned assisted suicide this week, insisting he is absolutely certain about his plans to die willingly. Dr David Goodall, a prominent ecologist from Melbourne

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"I'm content to leave them undone."

Dr Goodall will reportedly die at 10am local time (9am UK time) at a clinic in an undisclosed location, with four family members and a close friend by his side.

He was born in London in 1914 and moved in 1948 to Australia, where he was a lecturer at the University of Melbourne.

Assisted suicide has been legal in Switzerland since the 1940s, if performed by someone with no direct interest in the death.

Campaign group Exit International, which is helping Mr Goodall make the trip, said it was unjust that one of Australia's "oldest and most prominent citizens should be forced to travel to the other side of the world to die with dignity".

The group launched a GoFundMe campaign to pay for business class plane tickets for Mr Goodall and his helper which has so far raised more than £11,000.

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