Cape Town - A terminally-ill Cape Town 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.
“Since receiving the heartening news of the ground-breaking judgement, we are deeply saddened to announce that Robin has passed away,” the family said.
“It was in the presence of his family and carers that Robin died peacefully.”
Dignity SA, which lobbies for assisted suicide legislation, said that Stransham-Ford “died peacefully of natural causes”.