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High-profile euthanasia advocate Phillip Nitschke has backpedalled on claims that the father of the family-of-four found dead on Monday had previously contacted his organisation for advice on suicide.
Fernando Manrique is believed to have rigged up an elaborate gas chamber in his Davidson home where he, his wife Maria Lutz and their two severely autistic children, Elisa, 11, and Martin, 10, children died on Sunday.
Nitschke earlier told The Australian that Manrique downloaded his e-book The Peaceful Pill Handbook, which includes a chapter about suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning.
But the controversial doctor has now changed his story.
Speaking to Fairfax this morning, Nitschke said when he re-checked his organisation’s database, he discovered it was a different man with the same surname that had, in fact, downloaded the e-book.
“Fernando Manrique did not access our book,” he said.
Nitschke’s organisation, Exit International was founded in 1997, under the premise that suicide is a fundamental human right.
It’s a stance that’s earned Nitschke the nickname “Dr Death”.
Philip Nitschke has backpedalled on claims Mr Manrique contacted his group.
Manrique reportedly set up an elaborate system of pipes throughout his ceiling, a system so elaborate, police sources have said it must have taken much pre-planning.