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Philip Nitschke, founder of the foundation that helped him take his life, revealed that he did not have a terminal illness but wanted to end his life because his quality of life had deteriorated.

Dr Goodall had arrived at the clinic just before 11am on Thursday morning and enjoyed a final meal of fish and chips and cheesecake, which was his favourite. According to Exit International which represented Goodall said that he passed away while listening to Beethoven's Ode to Joy. A doctor placed the cannula in his arm, and Goodall had to turn the wheel for the pentobarbital to enter his system.

Goodall had travelled to Switzerland to take advantage of the country's assisted suicide laws.

In accordance with his plan, Goodall died on Thursday (Thursday night NZ Time) at an assisted-suicide clinic, putting an end to a life that, he said, had become increasingly hard to live.

Prof. Goodall was cleared by two Swiss doctors, including a psychiatrist who said he was of sound mind, to proceed with the "Swiss option". Some critics in Switzerland say assisted suicide should only be available to the terminally ill.

The Associated Press quoted Exit International's Nitschke, who was present at Goodall's side, saying that the British-born Australian answered, "with great clarity", the control questions to ensure patients are aware of who they are, where they are, and what they are about to do. 'It would've been much more convenient for everyone if I had been able to, ' he said, 'but unfortunately it failed'.

Exit International said Goodall did not want a funeral and requested that his body be donated to medicine or his ashes sprinkled locally.

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The scientist came to Switzerland especially for the sake of procedure of euthanasia, which is banned in Australia.

"I'm content to leave them undone", he added.

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

According to CNN, Goodall told reporters on Tuesday that his failing mobility and eyesight were a burden to live with and disclosed that his life stopped being enjoyable "five or 10 years ago".

"But I was considered incapable of looking after myself".

He produced dozens of research papers and until recently continued to review and edit for different ecology journals.

University officials later reversed their decision.