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Debbie Purdy writes for ITV News on how Tony Nicklinson 'died of a broken heart'
Locked-in sufferer Tony Nicklinson has died peacefully at home this morning. Last week he lost his right-to-die High Court battle.
Tony Nicklinson's wife Jane has told ITV News that he had "lost the fight" after he was left devastated after losing his right-to-die High Court bid.
Jane said; "he knew exactly what he was doing," when he refused antibiotics after contracting pneumonia.
His daughter Lauren added that, "he felt he couldn't go on anymore, he had no reason to live anymore and he saw his opportunity and he took it."
Jane Nicklinson said her husband deteriorated dramatically after he lost the High Court case to allow doctors to end his life without being prosecuted on August 16. Speaking to the BBC Wiltshire she said:
It was the day after [the High Court decision] that he said to me that the fight had just gone. He said he couldn't take it any more. Within a couple of days he developed pneumonia, the last 48 hours were pretty unpleasant but thankfully it was quick. It's just a shame that he couldn't die the way he wanted to die.
Jane Nicklinson said that Tony's life after his stroke was "absolute torture." Speaking to the BBC for the first time since her husband died from pneumonia after refusing food and fluids last week she said:
"For him it was absolute agony , it was torture for him. It was very hard for us to sit back and see him deteriorate but we were fighting the fight with him. It was what we could do for him. It was his wish."
The wife of the late Tony Nicklinson has said she hoped someone will continue with the campaign her husband started before he died. Speaking to the BBC for the first time since his death last week she said:
"This is certainly not the end of the campaign. I do hope that someone takes it up. Even though we didn't win - all the hard work for the case has been done. I hope at some point, someone will come forward and carry on with what Tony started."
Tony Nicklinson's daughter said the news of her father's death had not yet sunk in.
Reality still not set in. Don't know what we are gonna do without you @tonynicklinson. Miss you already dad, love you always <3 xxx
Dr Antony Lempert, the chairman of the Secular Medical Forum which campaigns against religious influences in medical treatment, has said that Tony Nicklinson will leave a fitting legacy:
– Dr Antony Lempert, Secular Medical Forum
Many people do not regard life as sacrosanct but as a brief interlude to be lived as well as possible. When Tony could no longer live well, or even passably, he wanted to die.
In the event, he is no longer suffering but the manner of his death should leave those who would argue against assisted dying in all cases to think long and hard about their own moral compass.
'Martin', a man with locked-in syndrome who is appealing to have the law regarding assisted suicide changed, said today:
I am relieved for Tony [Nicklinson] and offer my condolences to his family for the man they’ll miss.
I hope that I too can be set free from this existence but I would like it to be in the manner of my choosing.
I intend to fight the decision given by the High Court which takes away my right to choose how my life will end and have instructed my lawyers to take the decision to the Court of Appeal, not just for me but for many others who need the relief that death would bring.
Lawyers representing ‘Martin’, a 47-year-old British man who has locked-in syndrome, have said that they will appeal against the High Court judgement denying their client the opportunity to take the necessary steps to end his own life.
The case of Tony Nicklinson, who died today, was contained in the same judgement but differed in what it was trying to achieve.
Richard Stein, Head of Human Rights at Leigh Day & Co said:
– Richard Stein, Martin's lawyer
Martin is very clear that he wants to end his own life as he chooses. As an able-bodied person I have the ability to choose how I live and how I die. Martin’s right to choose the manner of his death is denied to him by his disability and the Courts. We will continue to fight for a ‘compassionate defence’ for anyone who will help him take the necessary steps to end his tortuous existence.
Lawyers representing a 47-year-old man with locked-in syndrome, who lost his High Court case alongside Tony Nicklinson last week, have announced that they are appealing against the court's decision, which they say denied their client "the opportunity to take the necessary steps to end his own life".