Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and veteran of South Africa’s fight against white minority rule, died on Sunday at the age of 90, according to the president.
The churchman’s death, according to President Cyril Ramaphosa, marks “another chapter of mourning in our nation’s farewell to a generation of remarkable South Africans.”
Archbishop Tutu has also contributed to the legacy of “a liberated South Africa,” he said.
Tutu was diagnosed with prostate cancer in the late 1990s, and he has been hospitalised multiple times in subsequent years for infections related to his cancer treatment.
The president described added that he was “a patriot without equal; a leader of principle and pragmatism who gave meaning to the biblical insight that faith without works is dead.
Dr Ramphela Mamphele, acting chairwoman of the Archbishop Desmond Tutu IP Trust and Co-ordinator of the Archbishop’s Office, stated on behalf of the Tutu family in a statement.
“Ultimately, at the age of 90, he died peacefully at the Oasis Frail Care Centre in Cape Town this morning,”