September 27, 2022
Peter Scott-Morgan, the man famous for extending his life by becoming a real-life cyborg, died Tuesday at 64.

Peter Scott-Morgan, the man famous for extending his life by becoming a real-life cyborg, died Tuesday at 64.

Seven years earlier, Scott-Morgan, who had a Ph.D. in robotics, was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a motor neuron disease that Dr. Stephen Hawking also suffered from. As a result, he endeavored to become fully robotic and extend his life. His journey was captured in the 2020 documentary Peter: The Human Cyborg.

“To Peter’s amazing rebel supporters: With a broken heart, I’m letting you all know that Peter passed peacefully surrounded by his family, and those closest to him,” his family wrote on Twitter. “He was incredibly proud of all of you who supported him, and his vision of changing the way people see disability.”

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“We’re saddened to hear that our former trustee Dr Peter Scott-Morgan, has died,” the Motor Neurone Disease Association said on Twitter.

With all of Scott-Morgan’s innovations, he was able to operate a computer using eye-tracking technology, stand up using his wheelchair, and demonstrate emotions through the avatar he created. His disease caused his muscles to atrophy, so he eventually needed a catheter and colostomy bag to use the restroom, as well as surgery on his larynx to keep saliva from filling his lungs.

Doctors reportedly gave Scott-Morgan two years to live after diagnosing him. He would go on to postpone his death an additional five years.

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Scott-Morgan leaves behind his husband, Francis. The two were the first in England to be joined in a civil union and the first in Devon to convert their partnership into a marriage.

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