The average life expectancy of someone with MND from diagnosis is just 14 months. It is a rapidly progressing terminal illness, which stops signals from the brain reaching the muscles. This can cause someone to lose the ability to walk, eat, speak and breathe unaided.
In Scotland there are currently over 450 people living with MND and on average 160 new cases are diagnosed here each year.
Craig Stockton, Chief Executive of MND Scotland, said, “Our thoughts are with Ronnie’s family at this difficult time and we would like to offer our condolences to them.
“Ronnie had been battling MND for the past year and unfortunately this short time from diagnosis to passing is not unusual for people with MND.
“MND Scotland is here to help anyone who is affected by MND in Scotland. We offer a variety of services across the country, including, one-to-one counselling, benefits advice, complementary therapy, support groups and more.
“We also fund vital research in Scotland to help take us a step closer to finding a cure for this devastating illness.