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Paralysed Briton dies after court defeat on right to end life

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Paralysed Briton dies after court defeat on right to end life

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A British man paralysed from the neck down who fought a legal battle over the right to end his life has died.

58-year-old Tony Nicklinson lost a High Court case only last week in which he argued to be able to choose when to die.

The family solicitor said he began refusing food, caught pneumonia, and died accompanied by his wife and two daughters.

“Jane, (his wife), said that after Tony received the draft judgement on 12th August refusing his claim, the fight seemed to go out of him. He said that he was heartbroken by the High Court’s decision that he could not end his life at a time of his choosing with the help of a doctor,” said the lawyer, Saimo Chahal.

Tony Nicklinson described life after his stroke in 2005 as a “living nightmare”.

He communicated via eye movements and campaigned to legalise medically-assisted suicide.

Last week the judge said such cases were deeply moving, but changing the law was up to parliament not the courts.