Australian scientist David Goodall attends a press conference flanked by Exit International founder and director Dr. Philiip Nitschke (L) and Dr. Moritz Gall (R) on May 9 2018, on the eve of his assisted suicide in Basel. / AFP / SEBASTIEN BOZON
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In many countries, however, physician-assisted suicide or euthanasia are illegal.Australia has forbidden such practices, though the state of Victoria became the first to pass an euthanasia bill last November to allow terminally ill patients to end their lives. Goodall was born in London in 1914 and moved in 1948 to Australia, where he was a lecturer at the University of Melbourne. While visibly straining to hear questions, Goodall answered them clearly and in detail after they were repeated with a microphone. Goodall had not given much thought to a last meal, as he said his culinary choices have grown more limited. He had not considered music to accompany his death, but thought Beethoven's 9th Symphony might be nice, he said, before singing a few lines.
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