FORMER deputy first minister in Northern Ireland, Martin McGuinness has died at the age of 66 due to complications with a rare heart disease.
After a turbulent early life when he was an active member of the IRA, Martin McGuinness eventually eschewed all forms of violence and campaigned for peace and a democratic process of government in Northern Ireland.
Having resigned from his position of deputy first minister just two months ago as a protest about an energy scandal, he effectively brought down the power sharing government and forced a new election which almost saw his Sinn Fein become the largest party in Stormont.
It came as a considerable surprise when the two behemoths of Northern Irish politics, the Protestant Ian Paisley of the Democratic Unionist Party and the Catholic McGuinness were able to bury some of their differences and sit together in Stormont in 2007 but they did manage to work together.
Always determined that Northern Ireland should be part of the Irish Republic, he worked as hard to be a peacemaker as he did to be an active member of the IRA but not all will forgive him.
It is a thin-line between being a freedom fighter or a terrorist and often the winning side decides which a person was, but in this case, history will perhaps choose to view his later actions as outweighing his earlier ones.