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The world’s press was intensely interested in David due to his extreme advanced old age. A press conference seemed the only way to assuage the interest. David Goodall’s decision to seek an assisted suicide touched a nerve and proved at point: you don’t need to be seriously ill or suffering to want to die. Rather, David was a case study in the phenomenon known as ‘tired of life’ or ‘completed life’ (discussed earlier in the book).
While some people might find this concept difficult to comprehend, from David’s point of view it was rather straight- forward. As he explained it, his quality of life at 104-years of age was deteriorating such that death had become the preferable option.