orn to his father at the age of 60, Fu Chun-hao had always heard his dad, the legendary Taiwanese television presenter Fu Da-ren, tell him that he was going to die.
So when the retired TV personality was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer in 2016 and given just months to live, he began seriously researching into options for euthanasia even as he morphed himself into Taiwan’s most vocal advocate for assisted suicide.
Over the next two years, successive rounds of surgery and chemotherapy extended his life, but also whittled him down to just 49 kilograms, a shell of his former self.
Nevertheless, he found the energy to write his memoir, put together an art exhibition, visit Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen, attend his son’s wedding, while vigorously advocating for the legalization of euthanasia in public and on social media.
It was not lost on him that he had the means to choose to go in such a manner.
“If only euthanasia were legal in Taiwan, I wouldn’t have had to spend NT$3 million [approximately $100,000] to die in a foreign land,” he said in one of his final Facebook posts. “I had absolutely no choice, this is the correct decision I’m making.”
“I hope some day they will make it legal,” he added. “Nobody has to do it if they don’t want it for themselves. This has to be completely voluntary and you have to be suffering a terminal illness to take this path.”
n this video, Fu Chun-hao recounts the journey that his father took to voluntarily end his life at a facility in Switzerland this June.
The video includes a private moment shared by the family as they sang the classic Christian hymn Amazing Grace together for the last time, before Fu Senior drank the two potions that would end his life.
“From the beginning to the end, he did not shed a single tear,” the 28-year-old recalls of those final moments. “He just took one sip, and then a second sip, and a third. He then leaned on my shoulder. In less than three minutes, he fell asleep.”
Switzerland is the only country in the world with centers that offer assisted dying services to foreign nationals.