German playboy Sachs took life due to illness: note

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German swinging sixties celebrity Gunter Sachs, who was found dead this weekend at his home in Switzerland, said in a farewell note released on Sunday that he took his life because of an illness he dubbed "A".

The contents of the note were released by his family to the Swiss news agency SDA/ATS and made public according to the 78 year-old's wishes, the agency reported.

"The loss of mental control over my life was an undignified condition, which I decided to counter decisively," the letter signed by Sachs said. He called it the "no hope illness A", SDA reported.

Sachs added that he had always regarded any "threat" he would face "as the only criteria that would lead me to bring my life to an end".

He outlined symptoms such as forgetfulness that appeared to be consistent with a condition like Alzheimers.

The family said the funeral service would be strictly private and requested that their privacy be respected.

His son Rolf Sachs confirmed the death to German celebrity magazine Bunte, and the German news weekly Focus said he had shot himself on Saturday.

Swiss police declined to comment on the reports, referring queries to a family statement.

© 2011 AFP

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