BREAKING: South Africa’s anti-apartheid icon Archbishop Desmond Tutu dies at 90

South Africa’s Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who helped end apartheid in South Africa, has died aged 90.

PresidentCyril Ramaphosa said the churchman’s death marked “another chapter of bereavement in our nation’s farewell to a generation of outstanding South Africans”.

He said Archbishop Tutu had helped bequeath “a liberated South Africa”. Tutu was one of the country’s best-known figures at home and abroad,  a contemporary anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, he was one of the driving forces behind the movement to end the policy of racial segregation and discrimination enforced by the white minority government against the black majority in South Africa from 1948 until 1991.

Hewas awarded the Nobel prize in 1984 for his role in the struggle to abolish the apartheid system.

Tutu was diagnosed with prostate cancer in the late 1990s and in recent years he was hospitalised on several occasions to treat infections associated with his treatment.

“Ultimately, at the age of 90, he died peacefully at the Oasis Frail Care Centre in Cape Town this morning,” Dr Ramphela Mamphele, acting chairperson of the Archbishop Desmond Tutu IP Trust and coordinator of the Office of the Archbishop, said in a statement on behalf of the Tutu family. She did not give details on the cause of death.

Tutu is survived by Leah. They met while at college, and shared four children.

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