Locked-in syndrome sufferer dies a week after failed High Court bid to end his life
Tony Nicklinson, a man suffering from locked-in syndrome, has died at home today.
The 58-year-old had fought for the right to die, wanting a doctor to be able to terminate his life, without the fear of prosecution.
Losing his High Court battle to change the law regarding assisted suicide only six days ago, his lawyers explained how Mr Nicklinson had refused food since the verdict, causing him to contract pneumonia.
The father-of-two was paralysed from the neck down after suffering from a stroke in 2005, whilst on a business trip to Athens. He had described his life as a ‘living nightmare.’
His personal Twitter account has been updated by his wife and two daughters who tweeted a message he wished to be published before he died – ‘Goodbye world the time has come, I had some fun.’ They followed with another tweet, ‘Thank you for your support over the years. We would appreciate some privacy at this difficult time. Love, Jane, Lauren and Beth.’
RIP Tony Nicklinson. We send our kind regards to his loved ones.