Tony Nicklinson dies
Tony Nicklinson, who sought an order from the High Court last week to permit doctors to end his life, has sadly died.
Mr Nicklinson’s lawyers, Bindmans LLP confirmed that Mr Nicklinson died on Wednesday morning (22 August) at his home in Wiltshire.
“This is to notify you of the sad death of Tony Nicklinson at approximately 10am this morning," the law firm said.
It is believed that Mr Nicklinson died of natural causes.
Mr Nicklinson was diagnosed with “locked in syndrome” after suffering a massive stroke in 2005. He sought an order from the High Court last week to permit doctors to end his life without facing criminal charges.
But Judges ruled that the current law prohibiting assisted suicide and voluntary euthanasia did not breach human rights and that it was for Parliament, not the courts, to decide whether it should be changed.
Andrea Williams, CEO of Christian Concern, said:
“We send our condolences to Mr Nicklinson’s family during this very difficult time. Let us keep his wife and two daughters in our prayers.”