(LONDON TELEGRAPH) Tony Nicklinson, the “locked-in syndrome” sufferer, broke down in tears on live television as it was confirmed that he had lost his legal battle to be allowed to die.

Mr Nicklinson’s wife Jane said he would appeal the High Court decision and was ultimately prepared to starve himself to death.

His dramatic appearance came as the High Court rejected two separate attempts to change the law on assisted suicide.

Mr Nicklinson and a man who can be named only as Martin, who also suffers from locked-in syndrome, both challenged the current law.

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