A TOP DJ has ended his life in a Swiss suicide clinic after a horror car crash left him paralysed and living in a âworld of painâ.
Italian Fabiano Antoniani, 40, reportedly killed himself yesterday by pressing a button after he was approved for euthanasia in a Dignitas clinic in Forch, Switzerland.
The DJ had battled for three years to get approval from the Italian government to take his own life, even begging PresidentÂ Sergio Mattarella to end his ânightmareâ.
But he was forced to travel to Switzerland after a debateÂ for a change in the law to allow assisted suicide was shelved 11 times in Parliament after strongÂ opposition.
The DJ was left blind and quadriplegicÂ in 2014 after smashing into another car when he bent over while driving to pick up his mobile phone.
He was fed with a tube connected to his stomach and had to be cared for 24 hours-a-day because he could not move his arms or legs.
Mr Antoniani, who was also known as DJ Fabo, had attempted rehabilitation and other experimental treatments, but did not see enough improvement.
After arriving in Switzerland, Mr Antoniani released a final statement saying: “Finally I have managed to arrive to Switzerland.
âI have arrived alone, without the help of the State. I will be relieved soon from this hell of pain.”
In his final days he explained his life no longer had any sense for him, according to ANSA.
“Iâm unable to support the physical and mental pain,â he said in a document that was delivered to the Luca Coscioni right-to-die association.
“I live at my mother’s home in Milan with a person who helps me and my girlfriend who spends as much time as possible with me.
“They take me out often, but I don’t want to. My days are soaked with suffering and desperation, as I longer find a sense to my life now.
“I am firmly determined to end this agony of mine, as I consider this more dignified and coherent to the person that I am”.
Last month the DJ sent a video to the Italian President, begging him: “Please, let me die. I live in a nightmare that never ends.”
Mr Antoniani, from Milan, was forced to undergo a series of medical and psychological before he was given the green light for the procedure.
He died surrounded by his family and girlfriend,Â Valeria Imbrogno,Â on Monday night.
Ms Imbrogno posted a heartbreaking message on Facebook, saying: “I wish this night would never end.”
ActivistÂ Marco Cappato, who supported Mr Antoniani in his journey, claimed that the DJ killed himself by pressing a button which contained a lethal substance.
The case has since sparked a heated debate in Italy.
Some have called for Mr Cappato to face charges for the DJâs death after helping him to book tickets to travel to Switzerland.
Flomena Gallo, the secretary of a pro-euthanasia charity called Association Luca Coscioni, said they regularly have people contacting them and asking for help.
She said euthanasia in Switzerland costs around Â£8,510 or â¬10,000, so it is not done on a whim.
She said: “There are a lot of Italians who ask us for information about how to do it.
âIn 2015, 225 asked us. Of those, 117 decided to go to Switzerland and not all of them decided, in the end, to die.
âSome of them, after some tests and medical revisions decided to come back to Italy. The question is to have the option of deciding for yourself.”