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© Rodger Bosch/AFP via Getty Images Archbishop Emeritus and Nobel Laureate Desmond Tutu, attends an exhibition and book launch of notable photographs of his life, which have been turned into paintings, on April 27, 2019, in the centre of Cape Town. Rodger Bosch/AFP via Getty Images
- South Africa's Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu died at age 90.
- Tutu won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his work to end apartheid.
- South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said Tutu was "a man of extraordinary intellect, integrity, and invincibility against the forces of apartheid."
South Africa's Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has died at the age of 90 on Sunday, December 26, the president of South Africa announced.
Desmond Tutu, cleric who campaigned against apartheid in South Africa, dies at 90
Desmond Tutu, the flamboyant cleric who won the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize for his impassioned campaign against apartheid in South Africa, died at age 90. He was 90.
"The passing of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu is another chapter of bereavement in our nation's farewell to a generation of outstanding South Africans who have bequeathed us a liberated South Africa," President Cyril Ramaphosa said in a statement.
Tutu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his work towards ending apartheid.
Ramaphosa said Tutu was a "patriot without equal."
"A man of extraordinary intellect, integrity, and invincibility against the forces of apartheid, he was also tender and vulnerable in his compassion for those who had suffered oppression, injustice, and violence under apartheid, and oppressed and downtrodden people around the world," Ramaphosa said in a statement.
The Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation said, "South Africa and the world have lost one of the great spirits and moral giants of our age."
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"Tutu was a living embodiment of faith in action, speaking boldly against racism, injustice, corruption, and oppression, not just in apartheid South Africa but wherever in the world he saw wrongdoing, especially when it impacted the most vulnerable and voiceless in society," the Foundation said in a statement.
Tutu was diagnosed with prostate cancer in the late 1990s, Reuters reported. He had been hospitalized for infections tied to his cancer diagnosis in recent years the outlet reported.
In a statement to Reuters, Ramphela Mamphele, acting chairperson of the Archbishop Desmond Tutu IP Trust and co-ordinator of the Office of the Archbishop said Tutu died peacefully at the Oasis Frail Care Centre in Cape Town but did not specify the cause of death.
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South Africa prepares to lay Desmond Tutu to rest .
The funeral for Tutu, who helped end apartheid in South Africa, will take place on Saturday.Tutu, a Nobel Peace Prize winner who helped end the racist regime in South Africa, died last Sunday aged 90.