85 year old South African Archbishop, Desmond Tutu has revealed that he does not want to keep staying alive.
The Archbishop made this known through the Washington post newspaper on his 85th birthday revealing that he does “not wish to be kept alive at all cost”.
“I hope I am treated with compassion and allowed to pass on to the next phase of life’s journey in the manner of my choice,” Mr Tutu wrote.
“Regardless of what you might choose for yourself, why should you deny others the right to make this choice?
“For those suffering unbearably and coming to the end of their lives, merely knowing that an assisted death is open to them can provide immeasurable comfort.”
The Nobel Peace Prize Laureate had 2 years ago spoken up in favour of assisted dying without making direct reference to himself needing one. South Africa does not however have a specific legislation for or against assisted dying.
The Anglican Church of which Mr Tutu is a member is staunchly against assisted dying.