Former ABBA singer Bjorn Ulvaeus has revealed he supports euthanasia and would choose to end his own life rather than endure a long painful death.
May 23, 2015
ABBA legend singer Bjorn Ulvaeus would rather be euthanised than live in constant pain with an illness.
70-year-old Swedish star - a co-founder of the pop super-group - has
become a supporter of assisted suicide after watching his parents and
mother-in-laws prolonged and agonising deaths.
He is quoted
by the Daily Mirror newspaper as saying: "It's the thought of the
endless pain and suffering that I am afraid of. This should not be
necessary. I have seen this misery up close. My parents lived long but
would have preferred a more painless and dignified ending.
"The same goes for the parents of my wife. My mother-in-law has lived for a long time but she could not express her feelings.
"That was where I thought, 'I don't want this'. It is my life. Why can't I control how it should end?"
'SOS' hitmaker also came to the conclusion he would choose euthanasia
as a way to end his life when he had a panic attack on a flight from
Paris to Stockholm after one of the plane's engines died.
Bjorn said: "I tried to remind myself that the plane could easily land with only one engine - but I got a full-on panic attack.
I realised the fear stemmed from the fact that I had no control over my
own death. That was a scary realisation. Now I've begun to think,
'Maybe I will not see many more summers.' "
Bjorn is still in touch with his old ABBA band members and still collaborates with Benny Andersson.
an interview with The Guardian today (22.05.15) he said he doesn't
think he'll be watching the Eurovision Song Contest - the show that
catapulted the band to fame - because: "there are too many countries in
the competition and I'd be more interested in a contest where the
emphasis was on the quality of the song".