South African archbishop leaves his last breath at age 90 Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize winner and hero of the struggle against apartheid, died today at the age of 90.
The unpleasant news was announced by its president South Africa, Cyril Ramafosa, who “on behalf of all South Africans, his deepest grief for death, today Sunday”, that of the leading figure in the history of the country.
“The death of the honorary archbishop Desmond Tutu is a new chapter of mourning in the farewell of our nation to a generation of exceptional South Africans who have bequeathed us a liberated South Africa.”, said the president.
“A man of extraordinary intelligence, integrity and invincibility to the forces of apartheid, he was also tender and vulnerable in his compassion for those who suffered oppression, injustice and violence under apartheid and for the oppressed of the whole world,” he added.
Desmond Tutu’s health had deteriorated for several months. He no longer made public speeches, but always greeted the cameras, which were present at his every move, smiling or teasing, such as when he was vaccinated against Covid-19 in a hospital, or during his birthday party in October.