This is so sad. He had a stroke in 2005, which left him with 'locked in' syndrome. He was aware of everything going on around him, but couldn't move or communicate. He went to the High Court for permission to end his life and suffering, but they denied it. He died six days later: 'Torture' over as British man Tony Nicklinson gets dying wish | News.com.au Euthanasia should be legal.