Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor dies aged 85

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The former Archbishop of Westminster Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor has died after a battle with cancer.

The 85-year-old, who became leader of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales in March 2000 before retiring from his role in 2009, was admitted to hospital last month.

A spokeswoman for the Catholic Church in England and Wales said he died at 3.15pm on Friday.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the current Archbishop of Westminster, said in August Cardinal Murphy O'Connor's health had "taken a defining turn".