The family of locked-in syndrome sufferer Tony Nicklinson have lost their right-to-die challenge at the Court of Appeal.
Mr Nicklinson from Melksham died naturally - a week after losing his High Court bid to end his life with a doctor's help.
His widow Jane continued his battle for a change in the law. Despite her disappointment at today's ruling she says she will fight on.
Rebecca Broxton reports:
Paul Lamb has told ITV News he is "pleased" that he and the Nicklinson family can take their right-to-die challenges to the Supreme Court and is "already planning to be there".
The Nicklinsons earlier confirmed the Court of Appeal had cleared them to appeal to the higher court and Mr Lamb said, as far as he is concerned, he has been granted leave to appeal too.
The Christian Legal Centre has backed the Court of Appeal's rejection of right-to-die cases brought by Tony Nicklinson's family and Paul Lamb and warned against law makers being "swayed by clever PR based on hard cases".
“We’re relieved that the judges have upheld the current law on murder," Andrea Minichiello Williams, CEO of Christian Legal Centre, said in a statement. "It’s there for our protection and doesn’t need changing."
She went on:
It was always unlikely that the Court would rule in favour of Lamb and Nicklinson. But the legal battle is part of a bigger strategy of the anti-life lobby. The cases get lots of media attention, the spotlight turns on Westminster and pressure is built up for MPs to change the law.
Paul Lamb has told ITV News he will "never give up" his legal battle for the right to die.
He says he "had little hope" of a ruling in his favour, but is ready to appeal again to the Supreme Court.
"The judge said he had 'sympathy' for me," Mr Lamb said. "I hate that word. Sympathy is no good to me. When he talked about sympathy I just wanted to shout at him.
"If they had a dog that was in the same pain as I am, they wouldn't allow it. The law is just cruel," he added. "There are thousands of people like me, and all we want is the individual right to choose how to end our lives."
Our reporter Rebecca Broxton was with Jane Nicklinson as the ruling was made:
– Jane Nicklinson, Tony's widow.
As a family, we are hugely disappointed with the judgment but it will not stop us.
We will carry on with the case for as long as we can so that others who find themselves in a position similar to Tony don't have to suffer as he did.
Nobody deserves such cruelty."
The Court of Appeal has granted us permission to appeal to the Supreme Court #righttodie
Right-to-die campaigner Paul Lamb has said he is "absolutely gutted" by the Court of Appeal ruling against his challenge.
"I was hoping for a humane and dignified end," he said. "This judgment does not give me that."
Like the family of Tony Nicklinson, Mr Lamb pledged to continue to challenge the law despite the latest defeat.
"I will carry on the legal fight - this is not just about me but about many, many other people who are being denied the right to die a humane and dignified death just because the law is too scared to grapple with these issues," he said.