The announcement came from Switzerland shortly after 11:40 a.m. Tuesday. “DJ Fabo has died,” said Marco Cappato, an activist with the Luca Coscioni Association, who on Sunday had traveled with the well-known disc jockey Fabio Antoniani. “He left us under the rules of a country that is not his own.”
In Forch, about 10 kilometers from Zurich, Antoniani committed assisted suicide after being left blind and quadriplegic from a 2014 car crash. His suicide ended a life he considered torture. Cappato knew that when he returns to Italy he could be charged with helping Antoniani commit suicide.
Cappato risks up to 12 years in prison for his campaign to legalize euthanasia, a battle he has vowed to fight for hundreds of patients who want a dignified death — beginning with Coscioni, his organization’s namesake, up to DJ Fabo. “I take responsibility for what I’ve done, I acknowledge it publicly,” he told Radio Radicale. “I think there are constitutional principles of freedom that are salient in this case, and also in the law, but we’ll see. We’ll see how I return to Italy.”