Perth scientist David Goodall to end his life in Switzerland on Thursday

Making the most of it David Goodall tours the Basel University Botanical Gardens with three of his grandchildren and two of their partners the day before his planned assisted suicide

Euthanasia is illegal in Australia, thought the state of Victoria is planning to allow assisted dying from mid-2019.

The lethal cocktail is normally ingested, but since Goodall couldn't swallow, the substance was injected intravenously.

Exit International, which represented the scientist, said Goodall passed away while listening to Beethoven's "Ode to Joy". The process was filmed to confirm that the final act was his alone.

Goodall had attempted but failed to commit suicide on his own earlier this year. Mr. Goodall did not believe in the afterlife, the organization said.

Under the procedure, a patient falls asleep within a few minutes, and death comes usually within a half hour, according to Lifecircle.

The professor held a press conference on Wednesday explaining his decision.

He said he hoped the widespread interest he generated would spur Australia and other countries to rethink their laws.

"I am awaiting this", he said of his impending departure.

Asked if he had any doubts, even fleeting, he said, "None whatsoever". He added: "I no longer want to continue life".

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He had not been terminally ill but had been contemplating ending his life for about 20 years, citing mobility issues and failing vision.

Goodall, while he was alive, had said: "What I would like is for other countries to follow Switzerland's lead and make these facilities available to all clients, if they meet the requirements, and the requirements not just of age, but of mental capacity".

But he said he was happy that he had been offered the "Swiss option", since he has been able to see most of his large family, which is spread over several countries, in the run up to his final day.

The Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg permit euthanasia and assisted suicide.

In Switzerland, assisted suicide is allowed only if the person assisting acts unselfishly.

While not terminally ill, Goodall told reporters from across the globe that he had simply stopped enjoying life at his advanced age.

Exit International, the group that helped David Goodall carry out his wish, said the scientist was declared dead at 12:30 pm in Liestal, a town outside the city of Basel, where he had traveled to take advantage of Switzerland's assisted-suicide laws.

Philip Nitschke, founder of right-to-die group Exit International, said Prof Goodall showed humour and a twinge of impatience in his final moments as formalities were tended to, uttering the last words: "This is taking a long time".

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