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104-year-old Australian man heading to Switzerland to end his life

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PERTH, Australia -

When an Australian academic turned 104 last month surrounded by friends and family, he had one wish: To end his life.

According to Australian media, David Goodall's wish will soon be granted.

He will travel to Switzerland this week to an end-of-life clinic in Basel to die through voluntary euthanasia.

Goodall served as an honorary research associate at Edith Cowan University until recently, but his physical condition and quality of life has since slowly deteriorated.

Voluntary euthanasia is not legal in his home state of Western Australia, and while Victoria last year became the first Australian state to legalize assisted dying, Goodall is not eligible because he is not terminally ill.

"If one chooses to kill oneself then that should be fair enough. I don't think anyone else should interfere," Goodall said. "I'm not happy. I want to die."

Goodall's family supports his decision. He will be accompanied on his journey by a representative from Exit International, an international non-profit organization advocating legalization of euthanasia.

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