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.