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Hillsborough smear MP 'dies'

The former Conservative MP who helped smear Liverpool fans after the Hillsborough disaster has died, according to the BBC. Sir Irvine Patnick, a source for the Sun's story criticising the victims, died aged 83, according to reports.

Reports: Sir Irvine Patnick dies aged 83

Former Conservative MP Sir Irvine Patnick has died aged 83, his family have confirmed to the BBC.

Sir Irvine was the MP for Sheffield Hallam between 1987 and 1997, and was heavily criticised in the Hillsborough Independent Panel's report.

Sir Irvine Patnick pictured receiving his knighthood at Buckingham Palace in 1994 Credit: Martin Keene/PA Wire

The report confirmed that he was the Sun newspaper's source for the front page story headline "The Truth" which smeared Liverpool fans in the aftermath of the disaster.

A statement, which the BBC said had been issued by his family, said: "Sir Irvine Patnick OBE, died peacefully on 30 December 2012, aged 83, in Sheffield.

"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."

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