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Archie Battersbee, the 12-year-old who had been at the centre of a legal battle between his parents and doctors, has died.

His mother, Hollie Dance, said: “Such a beautiful little boy, and he fought right until the very end.”

Joined by family outside the Royal London Hospital, she said she was “the proudest mum in the world”.

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Her son’s death came after life support was withdrawn earlier on Saturday.

Archie had been found unconscious at home in Southend, Essex, on 7 April and he had been in hospital ever since.