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A man who became the world's first 'cyborg' has sadly passed away at the age of 64.
British scientist Dr Peter-Scott Morgan was diagnosed with terminal motor neurone disease back in 2017.
After Morgan was told he had one year left to live, he refused to accept his fate and extended his life by becoming a 'cyborg'.
His family confirmed the news via a statement on social media, which read: "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.
"He was incredibly proud of all of you who supported him, and his vision of changing the way people see disability."
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. He was incredibly proud of all of you who supported him, and his vision of changing the way people see disability.— Dr Peter B Scott-Morgan (@DrScottMorgan) June 15, 2022
In order to extend his life, the scientist had his voice-box removed as his voice was recorded, a catheter installed, a colostomy bag, and a feeding tube.
He also moved around in a specially designed electric wheelchair that allows him to be seated, standing upright, or laid down.
The day before the procedure, he announced that it was the end of 'Peter 1.0' and the beginning of his life as 'Peter 2.0'.
At the time, he wrote: "This is my last post as Peter 1.0.
"Tomorrow I trade my voice for potentially decades of life as we complete the final medical procedure for my transition to Full Cyborg, the month I was told statistically I would be dead.
"I'm not dying, I'm transforming. Oh, how I love science."
Since the news of his passing broke, fans have been paying tribute on social media.
One person wrote: "Deeply sorry to hear this news. My thoughts are with Francis, family & friends. Peter was a hero of mine. Always refusing to accept the status quo & always believing in the overcoming ability of the strength of love and the human spirit. RIP."
Another commented: "Peter's determination, enthusiasm, and refusal to give up have inspired many. Getting a word in edgeways was always a challenge, but what a lovely man. My thoughts and prayers are with Francis and their family."
While a third added: "Deepest sympathy from Australia, only watched Peter's journey over the past 4 years but was inspired by his courage to try whatever it took to make the world a better place for fellow sufferers, with love to all close to him."
A fourth said: "Deepest condolences - we may be strangers but I still remember the 'squeee!' when he liked one of my tweets.
"I can only give you the physicist's eulogy: 'not one bit of you is gone, you are just less orderly'."
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