John Hume, the former leader of the Social Democratic and Labor Party of Northern Ireland (SDLP) and award Peace Nobel for his work in the peace process in that British province, he has died at 83, his family reported today.
Hume, who suffered from dementia, was admitted to a senior center in Londonderry, in the north west of the British province. “We are deeply saddened to announce that John passed away peacefully earlier today after a short illness,” a family statement said.
“We want to send our deep and heartfelt thanks to the nurses at the Owen Mor Nursing Home in Derry. The care John received in the last months of his life has been exceptional. John was a husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and brother. He was loved and his loss will be deeply felt by his entire family, “he added.
Hume was a key figure in the peace process that allowed the signing of the so-called Good Friday Agreement in 1998 that ended thirty years of sectarian violence between the Protestant paramilitaries of Northern Ireland and the Republicans of the already inactive Irish Republican Army (IRA ).
His efforts, which brought closer and bridged the divisions between Catholics and Protestants, led him to obtain the Nobel Peace Prize together with former Unionist Party Leader of Northern Ireland David Trimble.