Abdelbaset al Megrahi, the only person convicted in connection of murdering 270 passengers of Pam-AM 103 flight, died at home in Tripoli, Libya, with his family by his side, the Libyan Foreign Ministry said. He was 59.
Most of those killed in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing were Americans. All 259 passengers and crew were killed, along with 11 people on the ground.
Al Megrahi was handed over in 1999 to British justice. During his trial, he introduced himself as the director of the Center for Strategic Studies in Tripoli.
Prosecutors said this position was in fact a cover to hide his duties in the Libyan secret service, where he held a senior position. His co-accused, Al Amin Khalifa Fhimah, was acquitted.
Al Megrahi was found guilty in 2001 of bombing Pan Am flight 103 as it flew to New York from London on Dec. 21, 1988. But he has strenuously denied any responsibility for Lockerbie bombing and continued to maintain his innocence until his death.
He was sentenced to life in prison by a court in the Hague in 2001.
In 2003, Libya has officially recognized its responsibility for the attack, and then paid U.S. $2.7 billion in compensation to victims' families.
In August 2009, Megrahi was freed from a Scottish prison and sent back to Libya on compassionate grounds after being diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer.
His release caused a lot of anger, primarily in the U.S. and among the families of his victims.
American and British officials asked Libya's new government that Megrahi to be extradited alive in order to apply justice, but their request was rejected as Libya would not extradite any citizen to a western government. However, Libya’s government allowed British investigators into the country last December to enable them to search for the truth.