MP who blamed Liverpool fans for the death of 96 people at Hillsborough passes away
09:18 GMT, 31 December 2012
The former Conservative MP who helped smear Liverpool fans after the Hillsborough disaster has died.
Sir Irvine Patnick, who was a source for a Sun story criticising the supporters' behaviour in the tragedy, died yesterday aged 83.
He was the MP for Sheffield Hallam from 1987 to 1997.
Sorry: Sir Irvine Patnick was knighted in 1994 but has since apologised for his involvement in the Hillsborough cover up
A successful businessman before becoming an MP, he was knighted in 1994.
There had been calls for him to be stripped of his knighthood since his role in The Sun's coverage of the disaster was made clear by the Hillsborough Independent Panel in September.
Amid widespread revulsion at the police cover-up which sought to shift the blame for the tragedy to the fans, Sir Irvine said in September he was 'deeply and sincerely sorry' about his role.
Justice: The families of the 96 who died at Hillsborough have fought tirelessly for the truth to come out
Tragedy: 96 Liverpool fans were killed during the 1989 FA Cup semi-final at Hillsborough
He said he had passed on police information that was 'inaccurate, misleading and plain wrong'.
Ninety-six Liverpool fans died in the crush at Sheffield Wednesday's stadium during the 1989 FA Cup semi-final with Nottingham Forest.
A statement issued by his family to the BBC said: 'Sir Irvine Patnick OBE, died peacefully on 30 December 2012, aged 83, in Sheffield.
Smear: Irvine was a key source in the Sun's story that blamed the behavior of Liverpool fans for the tragedy
'He was a much loved husband of Lynda and father of Suzanne and Matthew.
'He'll be sadly missed by his brothers and by all his family and friends.'