Professor David Goodall had a meeting with death on Thursday-and he was looking forward to it.
"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", Prof Goodall said.
The Swiss federal statistics office says the number of assisted suicides has been growing fast: Nine years ago, there were 297.
"Up to the age of 90 I was enjoying life, but not now", he said.
He did not have a terminal illness but his quality of life had deteriorated in recent years.
Assisted suicide is legal in a handful of countries, including Canada, Belgium and the Netherlands but only applies to their own residents who have incurable diseases.
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The scientist had traveled from Perth, Australia (where it is against the law to end one's life) to Switzerland to carry out the procedure.
With his grandson Daniel and a longtime nurse, Carol O'Neil, at his side, the renowned botanist and ecologist from Perth, Australia, entered the Lifecircle assisted-suicide center in Switzerland and began the final stage of the process by receiving a fatal dose of barbiturates.
In the United States of America, assisted suicide is legal in Oregon, Vermont, Washington, California, Colorado, Hawaii and Washington, D.C. In Montana, a court decision is required to resort to this option.
"We know that legalizing assisted suicide only places the vulnerable at greater risk".
The 104-year-old said he hoped the widespread interest in his case would spur Australia and other countries to rethink their legislation.
"In many quarters we see the planned suicide of someone who's aged 100 celebrated".
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"It was rather sad but eventually he got what he had wanted for quite a while at the end of a long life", he said.
Assisted suicide describes any act that intentionally helps another person kill themselves, for example by providing them with the means to do so, most commonly by prescribing a lethal medication.
Another concern is that suicide for vulnerable populations will be seen as a smart economic choice, Drake said.
"As technology advances, as medical costs skyrocket out of control, as chronic diseases predominate, as the projected rate of the eighty-five-and-older population accelerates, as managed care seeks to cut costs and as Medicare is predicted to go bankrupt by 2007, the impetus of cost containment provide impetus, whether openly acknowledged or not, for the practicalities of an assisted death", Humphry wrote in his book Freedom to Die: people, politics, and the right-to-die movement.
"On behalf of the entire ECU community, I extend my sincerest condolences to his family during this time", Professor Omari said.
"It would have been much more convenient for everyone if I had been able to, but unfortunately it failed", he said.
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