Tony Nicklinson dead

#2
It's what he wanted.
 
#3
Queensman, it's not quite what he wanted. He wanted the ability to choose to die in a dignified and humane manner. Instead he was forced into the only other option open to him which was to refuse food and starve to death.

What sort of a ridiculous country are we when a man of sound mind but not physically capable cannot make the choice to die in a humane manner?
 
#4
Dont think ive been so happy to see someone die, They should have let his have his own way in court. No-one should have to suffer like that. R.I.P Tony
 
#5
If you keep an animal in the condition that some people are kept in then you would be prosecuted for cruelty and imprisoned, but if you make an express wish to be allowed to die then it is refused as the preserving of life over all other factors takes precedence. It is very, very wrong.
 
#6
poor poor bastard. i'm glad he's got some peace now and his family should be proud of the way he tried to get the law changed.
 
#8
Starved or pneumonia? Seems strange that he posted a 'Goodbye cruel world' type e-mail before he was found dead. I hope good sense prevails and even if there are 12 stab wounds in the body and unfeasably high levels of whisky, paracetamol, and insulin nobody is pilloried for any possible help. The poor poor man wanted to die and was suffering a truly horrible end because of what everybody with an ounce of common could see was a misguided application of the law.

WC
 
#9
Very brave man, who was denied a right to die in a way of his choosing.

He looked in absolute pain and frustration on the tv, especially the footage of when the court ruling went against him.

I honestly don't think that there are many people who were against his wishes. Could there be a law change made for this type of exceptional circumstances? I don't think that there would be many applications per year in the UK.

May he rest in peace.
 
#10
It's not as if he was mentally incapable or couldn't communicate his wishes. He expressed what should be his right to die with some dignity.
I can't see though how the law as it stands could have helped.

Like other have mentioned if there has been some 'help' in granting his choice, that it just breezes through the system with not too many questions asked.
 
#13
Having followed the court proceedings, in a way I am pleased he has flown from this earth in a peaceful dignified way with his loved ones around him. May his God keep him safe in the palm of his hand.
 

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#14
Having followed the court proceedings, in a way I am pleased he has flown from this earth in a peaceful dignified way with his loved ones around him. May his God keep him safe in the palm of his hand.
Dignified? How the **** is being forced to starve yourself to death dignified? He should have been given the right to have assistance from a Doctor or his wife to die at the time of his choosing.

At least his suffering is over. Why on earth do we let people suffer like he did? If you let a pet dog or cat or any other animal suffer this way you would end up being arrested and put in front of a judge. So why can't we treat humans humanely? Sometimes I feel that the law is damned stupid and so short-sighted. Let those who are of sound mind make the decisions that they clearly can make.
 

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#15
Sorry, this just makes me angry that he was forced by law to suffer as he did.
 
#16
Emsav said:
Having followed the court proceedings, in a way I am pleased he has flown from this earth in a peaceful dignified way with his loved ones around him. May his God keep him safe in the palm of his hand.
It wasn't a dignified way to go. To start with he had to fight a legal system that couldn't cope with his wish to die. Then he had to starve himself before succumbing to pneumonia (according to current reporting).

It winds me up when people say nice things about 'God' when someone dies in circumstances such as this - if there is a God then he is a cruel and vicious bastard for allowing this man to suffer as he has so why would he look after him now!
 

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#17
It wasn't a dignified way to go. To start with he had to fight a legal system that couldn't cope with his wish to die. Then he had to starve himself before succumbing to pneumonia (according to current reporting).

It winds me up when people say nice things about 'God' when someone dies in circumstances such as this - if there is a God then he is a cruel and vicious bastard for allowing this man to suffer as he has so why would he look after him now!
I would hit 'like' but that seems entirely inappropriate. Suffice to say I 100% agree with you.
 
#18
My friends, whilst I totally understand and appreciate your thoughts, this poor man is now at peace with the world. Yes, I agree with the many that say he should not have had to fight for the right to die and yes this is a very cruel world - in many ways an uncaring world. Unfortunately for most of us we live in countries where the legal system is, in many aspects, fatally flawed and this is one such aspect; The medical profession and the courts can decide to extinguish a life (terminate medical care) without recourse to the feelings of a family yet when the patient and the family request a life be terminated it is refused - sorry, they cannot have it both ways, the decision has to be equitable for both sides.

As for "God" - a person's "God" could be anything or anybody (animate or inanimate) - "God" does not have to be a person with a shiny halo around their head, "God" can be a tree, the earth, the sea, a stone, anything - it is what the individual believes that matters. In my case, I am proud to say I am a pagan - my decision, I am answerable to no-one for that decision, if you do not like it then it is not my problem. Those objecting can go forth and multiply.
 
#19
Poor man. He fought so hard to be allowed to die in a manner that he chose, that his family were in agreement with, and with some dignity. There is no small tragedy in the fact that the advances in modern medicine - intended to improve our quality of life - actually condemned him to a worse one.
 

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