Confirmation has arrived that Tony had finally WON the battle against locked-in syndrome, passing peacefully at his home, surrounded by his wife, Jane, their two daughters, Lauren and Beth, and his sister, Ginny.
Too ruthlessly immobilized to commit suicide, judges’ refused assisted-suicide as an alternative and so he forced his body to give up by starving himself.
Finally, “natural causes” arbitrated where the High Court would not. Police are not treating his death as suspicious. His wife Jane took care of his final days, hoping that his pains would end.
His family had gone through the mourning and had just pleaded that he could finally rest. The court had claimed it was cruel to take his life, but with his ache and misery, was it crueler to keep him alive? His wife Jane had stated moments before his death “I wish the judges could see Tony today. He is completely broken. Breaks my heart how he is being forced to suffer.”
Although they expressed compassion that he had died, the judges stood by their verdict by stating “voluntary euthanasia is murder, however understandable the motives may be”.
His family has released one final public note saying: “I know that Tony would want me to say thank you to all his supporters who gave him great comfort and strength.”
“To all religious assemblies, the pro-life backers and oppositions to assisted suicide come down and look Tony in the eye, while you say it. Watch him dribble, hear him howl, and ask yourself again whether this is a life worth preserving”
Tony Nicklinson died aged 58. But remained in an almost vegetative condition when he suffered a stroke in 2005.
It’s sad that he has gone, but in a way this is something to be celebrated. He is finally free from his burden and the criticism that he was taking life for granted.