Man with incurable disorder kills himself by removing oxygen mask after claiming it did not constitute as suicide

John King, 77, was diagnosed with motor neurone disease 18 months ago. He told BBC in an interview about the effects of the incurable illness that he intended to take his own life


                            Man with incurable disorder kills himself by removing oxygen mask after claiming it did not constitute as suicide

A man with advanced motor neurone disease has taken his own life by removing the oxygen mask he needed to breathe after stating that removing his mask did not constitute as suicide.

John King, 77, died on February 28, shortly after telling the BBC in an interview about the effects of the incurable illness that he intended to take his own life. Motor neurone disease is a progressive and ultimately fatal disorder that disrupts signals to all voluntary muscles. His wife stated that "no one can blame him" for the decision, Daily Mail reported.

Just a week ago, the 77-year-old from Worcestershire who had to be fed through a tube since his diagnosis, said; "I have no issue with it at all. I've thought about this long enough. I live in this wheelchair. This is my life from the moment I've got out of bed in the morning."

"My time has come. I do not want outside intervention. Do not resuscitate me," he told BBC.



During his recent interview, John had lifted his oxygen mask to demonstrate how quickly he would run out of breath. Within seconds, he started to lose consciousness. "See, without that air coming in, I can't even talk to you, so I will die very quickly because my lungs aren’t efficient."

His wife, Elaine King, said, "No-one can blame him whatsoever. I see him 24/7, and how he is now to how he used to be and how he suffers. I don't have a problem."

John, who was previously a keen gym goer, was diagnosed with the incurable disease 18 months ago and since then has needed constant care. "I have carers coming in to get me out of bed, shower me and dress me. You have to ask somebody to lift your hand up so you can get at an itch. It's all these silly little things that make you just feel so useless that you get to a point of saying 'What's the point of still being alive?'," he said.

John King, 77, from Worcestershire, died on Thursday after removing an oxygen mask he relied on to stay alive (Facebook)
John King, 77, from Worcestershire, died on Thursday after removing an oxygen mask he relied on to stay alive (Facebook)

However, John said he did not want a change in the law in favor of assisted dying as it "could make people vulnerable to pressure," but emphasized that he felt as though he was at the right point to make the decision. He had planned his funeral well in advance with the help of a local celebrant and said that he did not want a "dour affair," but a "celebration of his life."

In almost similar news, Noel Conway, 68, from Shropshire, who also has motor neurone disease, is campaigning for the right to die. He was refused permission by the Supreme Court to challenge the law on assisted dying.