Gerry Conlon, whose wrongful conviction for the 1970s bombing of a British pub committed by the Irish Republican Army raised criticism of anti-terrorism laws and inspired an award-winning film, died Saturday at the age of 60, according to the Associated Press.
Conlon, who had suffered from cancer for years, died at his home in Belfast, Northern Ireland, his relatives said in a statement.
Known as one of the "Guildford Four," Conlon was wrongfully convicted of the 1974 bombing of a pub in Guildford, London, that left five people dead.
British authorities claimed Conlon and the other defendants confessed, and the convictions were upheld even after three IRA members admitted to committing the attack in 1977.
But in 1989 a judge ruled the handwritten notes that were used as evidence to convict them had been fabricated, and Conlon was finally released.