Former Irish politician and Nobel Peace Prize winner John Hume died on Monday at the age of 83, his family said in a statement. He passed away in the early hours of Monday at the Owen Mor nursing home in Londonderry, the BBC reported.
The former teacher and of the highest-profile politicians in Northern Ireland for more than 30 years, came to prominence during the Civil Rights Movement in 1968.
He was one of the founding members of the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) in 1970. He became leader of the party in 1979, a post which he relinquished in November 2001.
Hume, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1998, had been suffering from dementia for many years.
In a statement, his family said, "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."
Lesser known facts about John Hume
John Hume was born on January 18, 1937 in Londonderry, Northern Ireland.
In the autumn of 1998, John Hume was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize by the Nobel Committee for being at the heart of the peace process in the civil-war-torn province.
John founded Derry-Boston Ventures and Boston-Ireland Ventures as part of the strategy to win new inward investment, marketing opportunities and trade/industry partnerships. He was co-leader of International Observer delegation – Philippino Presidential Elections (1995).
Take a look at the list of Awards and Honorary doctorates (as it appears on nobelprize.org) that John Hume had credited to his name during his lifetime.
Irish "People of the Year" Award, 1984
American Federation of Teachers Human Rights Award, 1986
St. Thomas More Award, University of San Francisco, 1991
Irishman of the Year, 1992. Awarded by "Irish Abroad"
International League for Human Rights Award for Peace and Human Rights, 1994
Order of Thomas More, University of St. Louis, 1994
Pio Manzu Medal, November, 1994
Communicators of the Year Award (RNID), July 1995
European of the Year Award
President Roosevelt Award, May, 1996
International Human Rights Award, 21 May, 1996
Global Citizens Award, January, 1998
Sean Mc Bride Peace Award, October, 1998
Nobel Peace Prize, 10 December, 1998
University of Massachusetts, 1985
Catholic University of America, 1986
St. Joseph's University, Philadelphia, 1986
Tusculum College, Tennessee Presbyterian University of America, 1998
Dublin City University, 1994
Boston College, 1995
Suffolk University, 1995
University of Nice, France, November, 1995
University of Notre Dame, Indiana 25 April, 1996
University of St. Andrew, 20 June, 1996
University of College Galway, 24 June, 1996
University of Santa Clara, June, 1997
University of Missouri, January, 1998