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Anti-oilpatch activist Wiebo Ludwig dies at 70

Controversial Alberta anti-oilpatch activist and convicted bomber Wiebo Ludwig has died, his son has confirmed to CBC News.

Controversial Alberta anti-oilpatch activist and convicted bomber Wiebo Ludwig has died, his son Josh has confirmed to CBC News.

Ludwig, 70, told CBC News last October that he had cancer of the esophagus and was not interested in undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatment.

"Generally, they just extend your life a bit on all of those," he said. "And if that's all they're doing, I would just as soon sign off earlier."

Josh Ludwig released a statement Monday night saying his father had "entered eternal rest at home and surrounded by those he loved dearly."

Ludwig has long been a controversial figure in the Alberta oilpatch.

Wiebo Ludwig served two-thirds of a 28-month prison sentence on charges related to bombings and vandalism of oil and gas wells in northwestern Alberta. (CBC)

No one has ever been charged in the 1999 fatal shooting of teenager Karman Willis on his Trickle Creek farm near the Alberta-B.C. border.

In 2000, Ludwig was found guilty on five charges related to bombings and vandalism of oil and gas wells in northwestern Alberta. He served two-thirds of a 28-month prison sentence before he was released in 2001.

In January 2010, hundreds of RCMP officers searched his 325-hectare farm in Hythe, Alta., looking for evidence related to six Encana gas pipeline bombings in B.C. between October 2008 and July 2009.

Ludwig was arrested and released after spending one night in jail. He was never charged.

In an interview last October with CBC News in Edmonton ahead of a screening of a documentary film about his life, Ludwig said he hoped he lived long enough to write a book about his fight.

"And probably publish it posthumously so they don't put me in jail," he said.