Ailing Fu gains approval for assisted suicide in Switzerland

Taipei-Former sports commentator Fu Da-jen (???), who recently traveled to Switzerland to seek assisted suicide, said Wednesday that he has received approval from a clinic there and could "die at any time" he wishes.

On his Facebook page, Fu posted a photo of the "green light passport" issued by the clinic -- a set of patient's instructions in the event that he is no longer able to express himself or make judgments at some point in the future.

"I had a face-to-face meeting with the doctors and talked with the chief of the clinic," Fu wrote on his page. "I could fulfill my wish (to die) at any time."

Fu, 84, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and has been given four to six months to live. He has refused to have surgery and has been appealing to the Taiwan government to legalize doctor-assisted suicide.

In October, he held a free art and calligraphy exhibition in a bid to raise awareness of what he described as terminal patients' right to die with dignity.

Last December, he launched his new book at a living funeral, which was attended by scores of like-minded artists and celebrities.

Now that Fu has gained approval for assisted suicide in Switzerland, where it is legal, "the whole process" will be streamed live, he said in his Facebook post.

Shih Chung-liang (???), director general of Taiwan health ministry's Department of Medical Affairs, said that while live streaming of an assisted suicide is not against the law in Taiwan, it could be controversial.

"There is no law to govern this kind of act, but it is contrary to traditional concepts of ethnics, public customs and social norms," he said.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel