Former Democratic Unionist Party leader Dr Ian Paisley has died, his wife Eileen said today.
Eileen Paisley said the family was heartbroken.
Dr Paisley was a firebrand fundamentalist Protestant preacher and politician who led opposition to compromise with the IRA for decades in Northern Ireland.
He became a peacemaker when he entered government with Sinn Fein at Stormont as first minister following a landmark deal.
He has been ill for some time.