Reports: Lockerbie bomber dies in Libya
A photo taken on September 9, 2009, shows Lockerbie bomber Abdelbeset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi at a hospital in Tripoli.
May 20th, 2012
09:04 AM ET

Reports: Lockerbie bomber dies in Libya

Abdelbeset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi, the Libyan intelligence officer convicted in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Scotland in 1988, has died in Libya, according to media reports.

He died at home after a battle with cancer, his brother told Reuters news agency.

Al Megrahi was freed from a prison in Scotland in 2009 after serving eight years of a life sentence for blowing up the Pan Am 747, killing all 259 on board and 11 in the town of Lockerbie below.

Doctors who had been treating him for prostate cancer gave him just three months to live, and he was released on compassionate grounds.

He received a hero's welcome upon his return to Libya, enraging many in the United States and Britain.

The destruction of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988 was the world's deadliest act of air terrorism until the September 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington, according to the FBI.

Al Megrahi was the only person convicted in the case.

As rebels swept into Tripoli two years after al Megrahi's release, politicians on both sides of the Atlantic called for him to be extradited, with the Americans demanding a trial in the United States, and British lawmakers saying he should return to prison in Scotland.

CNN's Nic Robertson tracked al Megrahi down at the palatial villa Moammar Gadhafi had built for him, apparently in a coma and near death. Al Megrahi's family said his son and mother were trying to care for him with oxygen and an intravenous drip, but with no medical advice.

Al Megrahi's death may make it impossible ever to get the full story behind the Lockerbie bombing.

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  1. ruffnutt ( kcmo resident )

    prostate cancer...ouch... such a pain in the butt...

    May 20, 2012 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
    • cocopuf

      May he rest in hell full of torment.

      May 20, 2012 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  2. william

    Good. I hope he's taking it up the a$$ from demons in Hell, while continually reliving the final minutes of his victim's lives.

    May 20, 2012 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
    • iceandsnow3

      AMEN to that!!

      May 20, 2012 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat735

    May he suffer in eternal damnation.

    May 20, 2012 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
  4. Zoglet

    Does this mean all those mean spirited people that complained he had been let go for political rather than health reasons will be here to eat humble pie?
    I wont be holding my breath.

    May 20, 2012 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
    • iceandsnow3

      WHY would anyone eat humble pie over this piece of garbage? Who cares why he was released. Stop being such a bleeding heart......think of the people on that flight!!

      May 20, 2012 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Let your conscience be your guide

      I believe there is a piece of humble pie for you left...

      May 20, 2012 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
    • johndanger

      Why would you make a comment like that, Zoglet? The man was a mass murderer and was sentenced to life in prison. Instead he was freed and received a hero's welcome at home. He got to spend the last three years of his life with his family when he should have been in prison. There's nothing "mean spirited" about wanting some justice for this murderer.

      May 20, 2012 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
    • tim2011

      are you kidding? 3 months vs. 3 years? he lived ~12x longer than they'd been planning on. why on earth would anyone who did not agree with his release "eat humble pie?" I'm sure those who were against would have preferred he die in prison.

      May 20, 2012 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
    • A

      Considering he lives 3 years rather than 3 months, the only pie I'll be eating is the outraged, followed by the world is a better place, and maybe finish it off with a little strawberry rhubarb.

      May 20, 2012 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Jake1962

      Call me "mean-spirited", but I'm thinking that convicted MURDERS should DIE IN PRISON – and not be released FOR ANY REASON.

      Your pie is molded with the stench of mass-homicide.

      May 20, 2012 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
    • JDavis

      You're kidding, right? They said he had three months to live and he lived three YEARS?

      May 20, 2012 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  5. ruffnutt ( kcmo resident )

    @william ... he can't take it up there... cancer ate it away...

    May 20, 2012 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
  6. Ewok

    Oh great news!!!!!Obama finally killed him!!!!!!:)

    May 20, 2012 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  7. i_know_everything

    too little too late

    May 20, 2012 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  8. Meki60

    good, do not rest in peace

    May 20, 2012 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  9. mike

    Rot in Hell you muslim scu*bag

    May 20, 2012 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  10. OldGuy

    I have no time for terrorists but everyone who is exalting this man's death should know that an appeal of his conviction was pending and many legal experts involved in the case are of the opinion that his conviction would be overturned.

    May 20, 2012 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  11. Someone

    Folks – For what this is worth – there are serious questions about this guy's guilt. Google his name and look at reliable web sites.

    May 20, 2012 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  12. NanookoftheNorth

    Karma.

    May 20, 2012 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  13. Portland tony

    OMG..Irrational acts like state sponsored terrorism are so easy to explain away when you can blame it all on one minion. Nobody who works for a dictator works alone. But that's ancient history now!

    May 20, 2012 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  14. sammyg

    I hope he died in SEARING AGONY!!!

    May 20, 2012 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  15. benji

    I hope he found Jesus.

    May 20, 2012 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
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