Army Radio news presenter Adi Talmor chose to end his life this weekend in Zurich, Switzerland, after being diagnosed with terminal lung cancer.
According to Talmor's wishes, his body was cremated with the help of Swiss assisted dying group Dignitas.
"I enjoyed almost every moment in my not-so-short life," Talmor wrote in a letter he left behind."I thank all those who showered me with affection and love, and there were quite a few around me who I loved and was fond of very much. Thank you for everything."
Talmor, 58, was born in 1953 as Yehuda Reuven November. He began his radio career at the age of 27 at Army Radio and had worked for the military station for 33 years.
From 1982 to 1992 he served as the news anchor for "Erev Hadash" ("new evening"), a staple news program on Israeli Educational Television and one of its most successful, veteran productions.
"He was a lonely person all his life, and that's the way he ended his life," Talmor's brother said in a special Army Radio program. "I hope we all honor his wish."
Army Radio Chief Yitzhak Tunik said Monday, "We were all shocked an filled with grief upon hearing of this unfortunate incident. Adi hid his disease from all of us until the very end. He worked here for 33 years, during which he became one of the station's most famous icons."