Peter Ellis dies while appealing convictions.
He was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 1993, serving seven of those, but has always maintained his innocence.
Ellis had been working at the central-city creche for about five years and became the focus of an intense police investigation into bizarre satanic, ritualistic child sex abuse.
He was convicted of 16 charges of sexual abuse against seven children in 1991 but three convictions were overturned in 1994 after one of the children said she lied.
In July, he applied to the Supreme Court in a last-ditch effort to clear his name – Ellis had a terminal illness.
In July he was granted leave to appeal to the Supreme Court to consider whether there was a miscarriage of justice. His legal team submitted that the interviews with the children did not follow best practice and there was a "strong possibility of contamination of the evidence"; the jury was not appropriately assisted at trial by the expert witnesses; and there was unreliable expert evidence.
The case divided New Zealanders, with some claiming Ellis was the victim of a witch-hunt.