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:
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.
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.