‘Great Escaper’ veteran Bernard Jordan dies aged 90

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A WAR veteran who left his care home to attend 70th anniversary D-Day commemorations in France has died aged 90.

Bernard Jordan - dubbed the Great Escaper after his cross-Channel adventure last year - died peacefully in hospital.

File photo dated 07/06/14 of Bernard Jordan, the war veteran found in Normandy after being reported missing from his care home in Hove, Sussex, who has died in hospital aged 90, the home has said. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday January 6, 2015. See PA story DEATH Jordan. Photo credit should read: Chris Ison/PA Wire DEATH_Jordan_131297.JPG

File photo dated 07/06/14 of Bernard Jordan, the war veteran found in Normandy after being reported missing from his care home in Hove, Sussex, who has died in hospital aged 90, the home has said. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday January 6, 2015. See PA story DEATH Jordan. Photo credit should read: Chris Ison/PA Wire DEATH_Jordan_131297.JPG

His death was announced in a statement by Gracewell Healthcare, which runs The Pines care home in Hove where Mr Jordan, known as Bernie, lived.

Mr Jordan, pictured leaving the port in Portsmouth, hit headlines when he disappeared from the care home to embark on a trip to D-Day anniversary events from Portsmouth wearing his war medals under his mac.

He was later inundated with more than 2,500 birthday cards from around the world.

File photo dated 07/06/14 of Bernard Jordan, the war veteran found in Normandy after being reported missing from his care home in Hove, Sussex, who has died in hospital aged 90, the home has said. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday January 6, 2015. See PA story DEATH Jordan. Photo credit should read: Chris Ison/PA Wire DEATH_Jordan_131297.JPG

File photo dated 07/06/14 of Bernard Jordan, the war veteran found in Normandy after being reported missing from his care home in Hove, Sussex, who has died in hospital aged 90, the home has said. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday January 6, 2015. See PA story DEATH Jordan. Photo credit should read: Chris Ison/PA Wire DEATH_Jordan_131297.JPG