Italian Fabiano Antoniani, 40, reportedly killed himself yesterday by pressing a button after he was approved for euthanasia in a Dignitas clinic in Forch, Switzerland.
Fabiano Antoniani ended his life in a Switzerland suicide clinic after a horror car crash left him paralysed.
He died surrounded by his family and his girlfriend after he was approved for euthanasia in a clinic in Forch, Switzerland, this week
The DJ had battled for three years to get approval from the Italian government to take his own life, even begging President Sergio Mattarella to end his “nightmare”.
But he was forced to travel to Switzerland after a debate for a change in the law to allow assisted suicide was shelved 11 times in Parliament after strong opposition.
The DJ was left blind and quadriplegic in 2014 after smashing into another car when he bent over while driving to pick up his mobile phone.
He was fed with a tube connected to his stomach and had to be cared for 24 hours-a-day because he could not move his arms or legs.
The DJ killed himself by pressing a button himself which contained a lethal substance.
He had attempted rehabilitation and other experimental treatments
Mr Antoniani, who was also known as DJ Fabo, had attempted rehabilitation and other experimental treatments, but did not see enough improvement.
After arriving in Switzerland, Mr Antoniani released a final statement saying: “Finally I have managed to arrive to Switzerland.
“I have arrived alone, without the help of the State. I will be relieved soon from this hell of pain.”
In his final days he explained his life no longer had any sense for him, according to ANSA.
Last month the DJ sent a video to the Italian President, begging him: “Please, let me die. I live in a nightmare that never ends”
“I’m unable to support the physical and mental pain,” he said in a document that was delivered to the Luca Coscioni right-to-die association.
“I live at my mother’s home in Milan with a person who helps me and my girlfriend who spends as much time as possible with me.
“They take me out often, but I don’t want to. My days are soaked with suffering and desperation, as I longer find a sense to my life now.
“I am firmly determined to end this agony of mine, as I consider this more dignified and coherent to the person that I am”.
Last month the DJ sent a video to the Italian President, begging him: “Please, let me die. I live in a nightmare that never ends.”
He had battled for three years to get approval from the Italian government to end his own life, pictured before the accident
His girlfriend, Valeria Imbrogno, posted a heartbreaking message on Facebook
Ms Imbrogno posted a heartbreaking message on Facebook, saying: “I wish this night would never end.”
Activist Marco Cappato, who supported Mr Antoniani in his journey, claimed that the DJ killed himself by pressing a button which contained a lethal substance.
The case has since sparked a heated debate in Italy.
Some have called for Mr Cappato to face charges for the DJ’s death after helping him to book tickets to travel to Switzerland.
Flomena Gallo, the secretary of a pro-euthanasia charity called Association Luca Coscioni, said they regularly have people contacting them and asking for help.
She said euthanasia in Switzerland costs around £8,510 or €10,000, so it is not done on a whim.
She said: “There are a lot of Italians who ask us for information about how to do it.
“In 2015, 225 asked us. Of those, 117 decided to go to Switzerland and not all of them decided, in the end, to die.
“Some of them, after some tests and medical revisions decided to come back to Italy. The question is to have the option of deciding for yourself.”
Do you accept euthanasia?
O times, o mores! Cicero.
All of us thinking of how to find a happiness. Some found it in favourite work, others in their darlings! Others look for it or, without having found give up and live by an inertia.
The third make the life of themselves miserable unnecessary freight of thoughts! You remember the immortal movie of Milosh Forman One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest? One of the patients, the old man infinitely goes on: I am tired, tired, tired! This is a dwelling of mentally sick person: actually he was tired of own notions of compulsion!
Like this madman some of us suffer from the fact that drag unnecessary freight. It is freight of bricks which is dragged voluntarily! This burden reminds senseless work of Sisyphus who was lifting a stone on the mountain, and the stone was rolling down again and again. It consists of persuasive memoirs which dazzle with your last mistakes and haunt you! All make mistakes, nobody is perfect! In the commitment to excellence we try to erase all undesirable episodes of our life or to correct them. But it is necessary to forgive even yourself!
Otherwise we assimilate to the hero of the novel of Stefan Zweig Amok. He having made a mistake in life haunts himself and makes the life miserable for himself and for others. At the end he finishes with suicide.
And you know in what the reason of it? The reason is that we were taught everything, but not love and respect to ourselves! Sometimes we have to love ourselves, spare our thoughts, be able to distract from them!
Just look around! How long you didn’t admire by the marvelous beauty of the nature, a unique sunset, fascinating murmur of water, a charm of women, twitter of birds, squeal of children? The prince Andrew from the novel War and peace of Leo Tolstoy lies on the battlefield of Austerlitz with a banner in hands, and his eyes are directed in bottomless blue of the infinite sky. Napoleon passing by, seeing the prince Andrew with a banner in hands delightfully speaks: Here – fine death!
But the prince Andrew doesn’t hear him – he is surprised: how he didn’t see so blue and bottomless sky earlier? And Napoleon, his idol seems so miserable on the background of this bottomless sky!
Remember: thousands who confined to the bed of unfortunate would dream to be on your place!
Look at a peaceful sky over you and rejoice! Because in there are places where bombs fall on women and children where the brutal fanatics blow up themselves and others! Where not joyful squeal of children, but crying over their killed mothers, children, fathers is heard! Holy Christ, what’s happened with you!
And you, are busy with the insignificant problems which aren’t allowing your ego to begin to live happily! Release everything! Forget about today and tomorrow! Feel today, here, and now!