Scientist, 104, ends his life in Switzerland

His choice Dr Goodall travelled to Europe this week to end his life voluntarily at a Swiss assisted suicide clinic

The practice is frowned upon by many doctors and others who say it should be reserved for the terminally ill.

"At 12.30 today (10th May) Professor David Goodall, 104 years of age, died peacefully at Life Cycle, Basel, Switzerland from an infusion of Nembutal", Exit International founder Philip Nitschke tweeted shortly after Goodall's passing.

He was made a member of the Order of Australia in 2016 for his contribution to the field of ecology.

But he won a battle to stay in his office. The incident gained global media attention, with Goodall, then 102, calling it ageism in the workplace. While on the floor, he noticed that he wasn't able to stand up, and when he called out for help, nobody could hear him. Although he did not break any bones, he was unable to get up from the floor and remained there for two days.

"I'm looking forward to it", he said of his imminent death. "And it upset me greatly being constrained". However, his story forces us to confront uncomfortable issues surrounding death and dying and the genuine fear that many ill and elderly people hold as they approach the end of their lives.

"It has passed me by and I have done the best I can with it".

"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. I want to die.

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Legislation to allow assisted dying in Victoria will come into effect mid-2019.

The renowned ecologist had flown to the clinic from his home in Australia where euthanasia is illegal.

Nitschke, from pro-euthanasia Group Exit International, said: It is the first time I have heard someone say its taking a long time when the drug is intravenous, but David was quite impatient for it to be over'.

The man known as doctor death has become infamous not only for advocating suicide on demand, but also for creating and distributing various suicide kits and life-ending machines, even in countries where medically assisted suicide is forbidden.

"And I'm very happy to end it", Mr. Goodall said on Thursday in the room where he later died.

He had traveled to Switzerland from his home in Perth, in Western Australia, because he wanted to die by assisted suicide, which is not allowed in Australia, but is in Switzerland.

Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.

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