Locked-In Syndrome Sufferer Tony Nicklinson Dies, Sends Final Tweet

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Locked-In Syndrome Sufferer Tony Nicklinson Dies, Sends Final Tweet
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Tony Nicklinson, 58, passed away in his sleep Wednesday morning -- several days after he was denied the "right to die" by Britain's High Court.

Nicklinson's family confirmed his death on Twitter.

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The locked-in syndrome sufferer -- fully conscious, yet immobile since 2005 -- died of natural causes. He contracted pneumonia and "refused food" shortly after the court's "devastating" decision on August 16, according to The Daily Mail.

The Melksham, Wiltshire resident lost the ability to speak and move from the neck down after suffering a severe stroke.

Nicklinson -- with the support of his wife, Jane, and adult children, Lauren and Beth -- has been fighting laws prohibiting euthanasia since January. The High Court rejected his legal "right to die," disallowing doctors to kill him without legal consequences. The family was planning an appeal.

His right-to-die efforts also included an online petition on Change.org. It has been signed by more than 23,000 supporters worldwide to date.

Nicklinson gained global support online with social media. Using a sophisticated computer that tracks his eye movements, the 58-year-old paralyzed from the neck down was able to tweet for the first time on June 13, 2012.

Image courtesy of Twitter, @TonyNicklinson

This story originally published on Mashable here.

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