John Hume, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and one of the principal architects of the Northern Ireland Peace Process, has died at the age of 83
Mr Hume, a former leader of the SDLP, received the award in 1998 "for [his] effort to find a peaceful solution to the conflict in Northern Ireland."
He died in the early hours of this morning after a short illness, his family said.
In a statement, the Hume family extended their thanks to the staff of Owen Mor nursing home in Derry where Mr Hume had been cared for in recent months.
They said: "We would like also to extend our gratitude to the people of Derry and Moville/Greencastle, who have looked after John and shown us so much kindness as his dementia has progressed.
"John was a husband, a father, a grandfather, a great grandfather and a brother. He was very much loved, and his loss will be deeply felt by all his extended family."
Mr Hume's funeral will be arranged in line with government regulations on COVID-19 "with very strict rules on numbers".
A memorial service would be held "in due course", they added.