A lawyer for Tony Nicklinson said he contracted pneumonia and went rapidly downhill after the High Court's decision last week.
Mr Nicklinson told his lawyer that he was "totally devastated."
He died with his family beside him this morning.
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Emergency services are tackling the fire on Sidwell Street near the centre of Exeter.