'This is taking a long time': David Goodall's last words revealed

Final day The 104-year-old British Australian is a world-renowned botanist and ecologist

The 104-year-old took his own life yesterday after travelling to Switzerland where he could legally be helped to die.

The 104-year-old said he hoped the widespread interest in his case would spur Australia and other countries to rethink their legislation.

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

He said it was very likely the esteemed ecologist would be cremated in Switzerland, with his ashes to remain in the country, while his family in Perth are expected to hold a memorial in coming months.

Assisted suicide is illegal in most countries and was banned in Australia until the state of Victoria became the first to legalise the practice a year ago.

"I no longer want to continue living", Goodall told journalists on Wednesday.

"In fact his last words were: 'This is taking an awfully long time!'".

The 104-year-old Australian's last meal was fish and chips and cheesecake before he activated the drug process himself.

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While increasingly feeble and unable to live as he once did, Goodall is not sick. According to Exit International which represented Goodall said that he passed away while listening to Beethoven's Ode to Joy.

Goodall was an honorary research associate at Edith Cowan University in Perth, and was the editor-in-chief of the multi-volume Ecosystems of the World in 1979.

"I would have preferred to have (ended) it in Australia, and I greatly regret that Australia is behind Switzerland" when it comes to right-to-die laws, he said.

In the U.S., California, Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Vermont, Washington state and Washington, D.C., have "death with dignity" laws, according to the advocacy group Death with Dignity, although these require a person to have a terminal illness.

Several US states have a form of physician-assisted suicide, as do a small number of countries including Japan, Belgium and Switzerland.

Dr Goodall told reporters on Wednesday: One should be free to choose the death, when death is at an appropriate time. The grandfather of 12 wanted "no funeral, no remembrance service or ceremony", Exit International noted. OR has seen many abuses since since its legalization of assisted suicide, such as cases of pills changing hands, either intentionally or unknowingly, with lethal results.

Goodall took his life with an intravenous drip of pentobarbital, a chemical often used as an anesthetic but which is lethal in excessive doses.

In the U.S., 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.

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