David Trimble, creator of the Good Friday Agreement and Nobel Peace Prize winner, has died

Trimble was the leader of the Ulster Unionist Party which issued a brief statement on Monday: “It is with great sadness that Lord Trimble’s family announces that he has passed away peacefully this morning after a short illness.”

Trimble, a former law professor at Queen’s University Belfast, made history as one of the key participants in the 1998 Good Friday/Belfast peace agreement.

Trimble and John Hume, the late leader of the Social Democratic and Labor Party, jointly received the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to “find a peaceful solution to the conflict in Northern Ireland”.

Trimble later served as the region’s First Minister until 2002. He has led the Ulster Unionist Party for ten years since 1995.

Trimble stepped down as leader of the UUP after losing his seat in the 2005 UK general election to the Democratic Unionist Party, which opposed the Good Friday Agreement.

He accepted a life peerage in the House of Lords and joined the British Conservative Party.

Among Monday’s tributes, Irish Taoiseach Michael Martin noted Trimble’s “major contribution” to peace.

“The work of reconciliation begun in the Good Friday Agreement continues, and as new generations take up the mantle of this work, it is fitting to pay tribute to Lord Trimble for his central contribution in putting us on the path of peace.” and reconciliation, he said.

Trimble is survived by his wife Daphne and four children.