High Court judges have refused permission for the case of locked-in syndrome sufferer Tony Nicklinson, who died shortly after losing a landmark right-to-die legal battle, to go to the Court of Appeal.
But they announced that a second sufferer of the syndrome, who also lost his case at the High Court in August, has been given the go-ahead for his action against the Director of Public Prosecutions to be heard by appeal judges.
The parties were informed of the appeal decisions, made by Lord Justice Toulson, Mr Justice Royce and Mrs Justice Macur, in a written ruling.
Stroke victim Mr Nicklinson, a 58-year-old father-of-two from Melksham, Wiltshire, died a week after he lost his court fight to end his life when he chose with a doctor's help.
He had been refusing food and contracted pneumonia, dying surrounded by his family on August 22. His wife Jane vowed to carry on the case.