Former President and Prime Minister of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe has died. He was 95.
According to ZimLive, the news was confirmed by two sources. He died in a hospital in Singapore on Friday morning.
Mugabe served as prime minister of Zimbabwe from 1980 to 1987 and then as president from 1987 to 2017.
Tributes started pouring in on Friday morning.
Fadzayi Mahere, Zimbabwe’s Education, Sport, Art and Culture Secretary, tweeted: “Rest In Peace, Robert Mugabe. My response to your passing is complicated. I’m going to write a long piece. However, for now, deepest condolences to his family.”
Zimbabwean president Emmerson Mnangagwa confirmed the news on Twitter:
It is with the utmost sadness that I announce the passing on of Zimbabwe's founding father and former President, Cde Robert Mugabe (1/2)
— President of Zimbabwe (@edmnangagwa) September 6, 2019
The passing of the former president, who ruled Zimbabwe for close to four decades before being ousted in a military takeover in November 2017, marks the definitive end of an era in the history of the former British colony.
Mugabe is believed to have died in Singapore, where he made frequent visits to receive medical care in recent months as his health deteriorated. As far back as November 2018, Mnangagwa, who took over from him as president, told members of the ruling Zanu-PF party that Mugabe could no longer walk.