Stephen Hawking tells Dara O'Briain that he would consider assisted suicide in new BBC documentary
World renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has revealed that he would consider assisted suicide in an interview with Irish comedian Dara O'Briain.
The professor, who has motor neurone disease, told O'Briain that the option is always on his mind, if he was "in great pain" or felt he " had nothing more to contribute".
"To keep someone alive against their wishes is the ultimate indignity," Hawking stated.
“I would consider assisted suicide only if I were in great pain or felt I had nothing more to contribute but was just a burden to those around me.”
Although the 72-year-old added, ”I am damned if I’m going to die before I have unravelled more of the universe."
Hawking has previously expressed that he supports assisted suicide, and once admitted that he tried to end his own life.
“I briefly tried to commit suicide by not breathing. However, the reflex to breathe was too strong," he revealed.
The interview between the two men will be aired on BBC1 on June 15th.
Bray native O’Briain (43) studied maths and theoretical physics at UCD, before pursuing a career as a broadcaster.
The documentary also includes interviews with Professor Hawking's two children, Lucy and Tim, as well as his colleagues, students and close friends.
Commissioning editor Craig Hunter said: "It's a delight to watch Dara and Stephen's friendship develop with honesty and insight - especially as Dara is fulfilling a childhood dream meeting his hero."