(Editor's Note: We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Dr. Ian Paisley, a truly giant of a man for such a time as this, and a personal friend. His legacy will continue on in the 1,000+ sermons that are freely available. Be sure to start here, however, with some of his most famous sermons ever preached. Hebrews 11:4).
Ian Paisley, the former First Minister of Northern Ireland, has died.
"My beloved husband, Ian, entered his eternal rest this morning," a statement announcing his death from wife Eileen said.
"Although ours is the grand hope of reunion, naturally as a family we are heartbroken. We loved him and he adored us, and our earthly lives are forever changed.
"According to Ian's wishes his funeral will be private and attended only by the immediate family, as will be his burial.
"As a family we appreciate that there will be an expectation by those who admired him to express their gratitude for his life and their sorrow at his passing.
"To that end we will in due course publish details of a public memorial service which, will be scheduled later in the year.
"There will be no further comment or statements made by me or the family at this time."