A group that campaigns for a change in the law to allow assisted dying for terminally ill people has paid tribute to campaigner Tony Nicklinson.
Mr Nicklinson died this morning. Last week the High Court ruled that Mr Nicklinson, who had 'locked-in syndrome', could not end his own life with the help of a doctor.
Lord Justice Toulson ruled that it was up to Parliament to decide whether the law should be changed to allow terminally-ill people to take their own life.
Dignity in Dying's Director of Legal Strategy and Policy, Davina Hehir commented:
"We extend our heartfelt sympathies to Tony Nicklinson's family following his death.
"Whilst Tony's case went beyond Dignity in Dying's campaign for assisted dying for terminally ill people, we respected Tony as an extremely courageous man who inspired many people.
"His legacy will live on."
Saimo Chamal, Mr Nicklinson's solicitor, said:
"I know that the right to die with dignity issues that Tony championed will not be forgotten due to the light that Tony shone on them and that this important debate will continue due to Tony.
"I know that Tony would want me to say thank you to all his supporters who gave him great comfort and strength."