South Africa’s Archbishop Desmond Tutu dies aged 90

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South Africa’s Archbishop Desmond Tutu, one of the leaders of the anti-apartheid movement, has died at the age of 90, the President’s Office has said.

He was an outspoken critic of the country’s previous brutal system of oppression against the country’s Black majority.

He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his campaign of non-violent opposition to South Africa’s white minority rule.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu speaks at Westminster Abbey in London during a memorial service for the former South African president Nelson Mandela.
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Archbishop Desmond Tutu speaking at Westminster Abbey in London during a memorial service for the former South African president Nelson Mandela

“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.

A statement on behalf of the Tutu family described him as a man who “turned his own misfortune into a teaching opportunity to raise awareness and reduce the suffering of others.”

The Queen holds a audience with Reverend Desmond Tutu and Professor Mellows at Buckingham Palace. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 20, 2013. See PA story Royal Queen Audience. Photo credit should read: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire.
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Desmond Tutu met the Queen at Buckingham Palace
Archbishop Desmond Tutu during a visit to the 2012 Olympic Park in Stratford, east London.
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Archbishop Desmond Tutu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his campaign of non-violent opposition to South Africa’s white minority rule

It said: “He wanted the world to know that he had prostate cancer, and that the sooner it is detected the better the chance of managing it.”

The statement added: “Ultimately, at the age of 90, he died peacefully at the Oasis Frail Care Centre in Cape Town this morning.

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“Courageous, gracious, and concerned for the welfare of others to the very end.

“As Mrs Tutu says, although he was not physically imposing, he had the inner strength of a lion.”

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