An Australian quadriplegic has died after winning the legal right to refuse food and water.

Christian Rossiter, 49, passed away after suffering a chest infection at a nursing home in Perth, Australia.

His legal battle provided a means for people to end their life with dignity, his lawyer said.

Voluntary euthanasia or assisted suicide is illegal in Australia and Britain.

Rossiter died five weeks after a court granted him the right to refuse food and water.

The spastic quadriplegic, who described his life as "a living hell," did not have a terminal illness.

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