Comic-book artist ends life after long MS battle
Published 27/03/2010 | 05:00
A respected comic-book artist, who illustrated famed characters such as Judge Dredd, has ended his life at the Swiss clinic Dignitas, it was disclosed yesterday.
John Hicklenton, who lived in Brighton, East Sussex, died at the assisted suicide clinic on March 19 aged 42 following a 10-year battle with multiple sclerosis (MS).
He was renowned for his characteristically-grotesque figures in the cult British comic '2000 AD', including interpretations of famous characters Judge Dredd and Nemesis The Warlock.
Mr Hicklenton, known as Johnny, was a strident MS campaigner and the subject of an award-winning TV documentary 'Here's Johnny' charting his fight against the condition.
Friends and family travelled with him to the clinic, his agent Adrian Weston said.
"He was one of the most clear-sighted and visionary people I have ever met," he added.
Tributes have been paid online to Mr Hicklenton, with one person describing him as "uncompromising, unpretentious and unique".