- Download the ‘Judgment and Reasons for Decision by Judge Fabricius’:
Reasons-for-Decision.pdf (58 pages | 1218 KB)
- Download the ‘Pretoria High Court Order’:
Court-Order.pdf (2 pages | 202 KB)
DignitySA Chairperson Professor Sean Davison says he learnt from Advocate Robin Stransham-Ford’s caregiver and companion, that Robin has died peacefully of natural causes.
Lee Last, Executive of DignitySA:
“On behalf of the Board of DignitySA, our legal team and our thousands of supporters, we offer our sincere condolences to Robin’s daughter, his family, his caregivers, his loved ones, his friends, his colleagues and clients. A true warrior and brave soul to whom all South Africans who want the right to choose dignity at end-of-life will forever be indebted. We request, out of compassion and respect, that the family be granted privacy during this sad and difficult time.
Robin, your legacy will live on forever. Thank you!”
Dying and the law: the DignitySA case explained
Stransham-Ford was a 65-year-old man who was dying of prostate cancer. He had asked the court to determine whether a doctor could legally assist him to end his life. Although, because of the urgency of the matter, a full written judgment will only be provided by Judge Fabricius in the weeks to come, the judge’s order indicates that Stransham-Ford had at most a few weeks to live and was “suffering intractably” and should therefore be permitted to end his life with the assistance of a doctor.
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Dying and the law: the DignitySA case explained | Groundup
Assisted-suicide proponent Robin Stransham-Ford dies
Pretoria, 30 April 2015 – DignitySA say Robin Stransham-Ford has died. In a groundbreaking ruling on Thursday, a high court granted the terminally ill man the right to take his own life.
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Assisted-suicide proponent Robin Stransham-Ford dies | eNCA
Is the assisted death ruling still valid?
30 April 2015 – Stransham-Ford is believed to have died before being granted the right to end his life. Justice Minister Michael Masutha says he’s waiting on council from the Minister of Health and his legal team before action can be taken.
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Is the assisted death ruling still valid? | eNCA
South African man dies naturally on same day as winning right to die
A terminally-ill South African man died of natural causes Thursday on the same day that a court granted him the right to end his life, a ruling that could pave the way for assisted suicide legislation. Retired advocate Robin Stransham-Ford, 65, was reported to be heavily sedated and a statement from his family did not say whether he died before or after the ruling. DignitySA, which lobbies for assisted suicide legislation, said that Stransham-Ford “died peacefully of natural causes”.
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South African man dies naturally on same day as winning right to die | yahoo.com