Former SDLP leader John Hume and his wife Pat have expressed their sadness today at the news that their close friend Ivan Cooper has passed away.
In a statement, Pat Hume said: “We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of our dear friend Ivan Cooper.
“Ivan and John walked side by side, hand in hand, in their shared desire for equality, justice and peace in Ireland.
“Ivan was the embodiment of the non-violent and non-sectarian movement for change that was the campaign for civil rights.”
“His commitment and courage and his desire and determination to tackle these issues never waned. Nor did his friendship and relationship with John and me.
“He was a loyal friend and constant visitor to John in recent years even as both battled ill-health.