The South African Archibishop said that he wants to have the right to die.
Archibishop Desmond Tutu said this in the South African Hospital where he been admitted for a third time because of recurring wounds related to a cancer surgery he had before.
The 1984 Noble Laureate winner in 2014 had supported the right to death saying it is a good option. He became archbishop in 1986.
The 85 year old is a world figure that is known for his stern anti-apartheid stance in the 1970s and advocacy for human rights under the truth and reconciliation commission in 1995.
“I hope the treatment is compassionate to pass me to the next phase of life’s journey in manner of my own choice,” Tutu said in hospital.
The archbishop says that any other person should have the right to make the choice to die.
The unbearable pain that cannot be treated, assisted death provides immeasurable comfort, he told media.
South Africa does not permit any death rights.
Tutu could need to lobby for the rights but Tutu could still be granted the right because in April 2015 a terminally ill man was allowed to take his life.
It could be a complicated decision for the ANC led government to make since the archbishop is a critic of the party that saw apartheid ended and the first to lead a black nationalist democracy.