This British Billionaire Is Livestreaming A Kevorkian-esque Assisted Suicide
6:20 pm, July 28th | by Hillary Reinsberg
Billionaires routinely spend hundreds of thousands of dollars of odd pursuits. We usually don’t question it too much. But when Mogulite heard that British billionaire Alki David had bought the rights to do a live broadcast of a Swiss cancer patient’s assisted suicide, we raised our eyebrows a wee bit. We were questioning if this whole thing might just be a hoax, so we sent an email to the listed press contact, only to receive a response from David himself just a few minutes later. David, a digital media entrepreneur and the 45th richest person in England, confirmed to Mogulite that this seemingly crazy situation is very real indeed.
So, here’s the story: tomorrow night at 9 p.m. EST, David’s website Battlecam.com, is set to do a livestream of 62-year-old Nikolai Ivanisovic’s assisted suicide. This is no illegal business, apparently. Ivanisovic is living with terminal brain cancer in a clinic in Switzerland, where physician-assisted euthanasia is legal. Why and how is David involved in this? As he explained to Mogulite in an email,
“Originally I was approached by one of my staff to help Nikolai out with medical expenses. I did so. We exchanged some emails and that was it. Once his health started to deteriorate his wife Uryna asked me to pay for his assisted end of life. It was her suggestion in fact that we stream it in exchange for more money.”
David said he won’t say exactly how much he paid for the rights, but he said it was “a six-figure number.”
Would you watch?