WA’s David Goodall’s Final Words As He Voluntary Ends His Life At 104 Years

Finally at peace.

11 May 2018

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Scientist David Goodall has ended his life overnight surrounded by family and friends in Switzerland, aged 104.

The Western Australian man chose to spend his last day exploring the botanic gardens before listening and singing along to Beethoven’s 'Symphony No. 9' in his final living moments, all whilst wearing a jumper donning the words ‘Ageing Disgracefully’.

His final meal consisted of his favourite: fish and chips, and a cheesecake.

As for his final words, Professor Goodall joked: "this is taking an awfully long time." 

Professor Goodall travelled to Switzerland in order to undergo legal voluntary euthanasia, a decision which sparked media attention and continued an ongoing argument to legalise a sufferer’s right to die on their own terms here in Australia.

Before making the journey to Switzerland, Professor Goodall explained his decision in front of media.

“At my age, or less than my age, one wants to be free to choose the death when the death is at an appropriate time.

“My abilities have been declining over the past year or two. Well, my eye sight for the past five or six years, and I no longer want to continue life.

“I’m happy to have a chance tomorrow to end it.

“Luckily my family, who are in various parts of Europe and America, have rallied round and come to see me, and I welcome the opportunity to see them, which I probably wouldn’t have had if I hadn’t pursued this Swiss option”.


May Professor David Goodall finally rest in peace.

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