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Tony Nicklinson, a man with locked-in syndrome who fought for the right to legally end his life, has died. The 58-year-old was paralysed from the neck down after suffering a stroke in 2005 and described his life as a "living nightmare".
Last week Mr Nicklinson, from Melksham, Wiltshire, lost his High Court case to allow doctors to end his life. Mr Nicklinson's family solicitor said that he had refused food from last week. Lawyers for another man, 47, who lost his High Court case alongside Mr Nickinson, are to appeal against the decision.
Saimo Chahal, the family's solicitor: ''He was gutsy, determined and a fighter to the end.'' They said it denied their client "the opportunity to take the necessary steps to end his own life".
Mr Nicklinson's family solicitor Saimo Chahal said he died at home at about 10:00 BST accompanied by his wife, Jane, and two daughters, Lauren and Beth. She said: "Jane told me that Tony went rapidly downhill over last weekend, having contracted pneumonia."
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