Irish Republican Army revolutionary whose death at age 27 in the HM Prison Maze caused a surge of IRA activity and recruitment.
He joined the IRA in 1972, and was soon afterwards arrested for possessing four handguns. After being convicted, he served three years of a five-year sentence.
He died of self-inflicted starvation on day 66 of his hunger strike, which he led to remove Special Category Status from IRA prisoners.
His wife was Geraldine Noade, who he married in 1972. He had a child named Gerald Sands and a sister named Bernadette Sands McKevitt.
Nelson Mandela, who was influenced by Sands, carried out a hunger strike while on Robben Island.