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Man who won euthanasia case dies

The advocate had been granted a request for assisted suicide in court this morning.

Robin Stransham-Ford died in the early hours of this morning, succumbing to his prostate cancer.

JOHANNESBURG - An advocate granted an order for assisted suicide has died, Dignity South Africa confirmed on Thursday.

Robin Stransham-Ford died in the early hours of the morning, succumbing to his prostate cancer.

Earlier on Thursday, the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria granted him his request for an assisted death with no legal implication for the doctor who assisted him.

The 65-year-old terminally-ill man approached the court on Wednesday asking for an amendment to the law regarding assisted death without prosecution.

Stransham-Ford had only two weeks left to live.

He successfully asked the court to spare him what he said was an undignified death.

According to current law, doctors who help patients die could face jail time of up to 14 years.

Lobby group Doctors for Life's Albu van Eeden said, "We are definitely going to appeal against this, we are also going to hear what other interested parties also plan to do but from our side we are going to appeal against this."

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