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Scientist David Goodall Ends Life At 104

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Scientist David Goodall Ends Life At 104

A 104-year-old Australian scientist who had campaigned for the legalization of assisted dying in his home country has ended his life at a Swiss clinic, a representative from the pro-euthanasia group Exit International said.

David Goodall, the respected botanist and ecologist, died Thursday at the Life Circle clinic in Basel, Switzerland, after administering a lethal drug under the guidance of doctors, report CNN and the BBC.

The academic died "peacefully" at the Life Cycle clinic in Basel, from an infusion of Nembutal, a barbiturate, said Philip Nitschke, founder of Exit International, the group that helped him take his own life.

Exit International, which represented the scientist, said Goodall passed away while listening to Beethoven's "Ode to Joy."

The lauded London-born ecologist and botanist, who was not terminally ill, said the decision had been driven by his deteriorating quality of life.

Goodall had flown from Australia for his assisted suicide, attracting the attention of people around the world.

In his final public appearance, he said the public interest had surprised him.

"I no longer want to continue life," he told reporters on Wednesday.

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

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