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Parents Defend Son's Assisted Suicide

A British couple are under investigation after their paralyzed son committed suicide.

23-year-old Daniel James, who was paralyzed chest down after a rugby accident, committed suicide at a Swiss clinic. It is unknown how he was able to travel to Switzerland, but police are investigating.

It is against British law for anyone to assist in a suicide, CNN reported.

"Over the last six months he constantly expressed his wish to die and was determined to achieve this in some way," James' parents, Julie and Mark James, of Worcester, said. His death was "no doubt a welcome relief from the 'prison' he felt his body had become and the day-to-day fear and loathing of his living existence".

It is believed that he is the youngest person to travel from Britain to Switzerland for assisted suicide, the BBC reported.