In a forthcoming BBC interview with comedian Dara O'Bria, Stephen Hawking said he would consider assisted suicide but only if he became too big of a burden to those around him and had "nothing more to contribute."


I would consider assisted suicide only if I were in great pain or felt I had nothing more to contribute but was just a burden to those around me.

But for now, Hawking believes he has a lot more to accomplish. "I am damned if I'm going to die before I have unraveled more of the universe," he said.

In a 2014 BBC interview, Hawking admitted he had attempted to commit suicide after he underwent a tracheostomy operation in the mid-1980s. "I briefly tried to commit suicide by not breathing," he said. "However, the reflex to breathe was too strong."

Hawking has expressed his belief that those who help end the life of a loved one who wants to die should be immune from prosecution.

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