Robert Mugabe, former president of Zimbabwe, has died at the age of 95.
"It is with the utmost sadness that I announce the passing on of Zimbabwe's founding father and former President, Cde (Comrade) Robert Mugabe," a post on President Emmerson Mnangagwa's official Twitter account said.
Mugabe was ousted in a military coup in 2017 after 37 years in power. Initially revered for leading Zimbabwe to independence in 1980, his later years were marked by the violent repression of his political opponents and Zimbabwe's shocking economic decline.
The economic downturn was further exacerbated when back 2000, he seized land from white owners. In 2008, Mugabe used violent militias to silence his political opponents during an election, even stating that only God could remove him from power.
"He was a colossus on the Zimbabwean stage and his enduring positive legacy will be his role in ending white minority rule & expanding a quality education to all Zimbabweans," tweeted David Coltart, an opposition senator and rights lawyer.
Newly elected UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson also released a not so complimentary statement following the news of his death:
"We, of course, express our condolences to those who mourn, but know that for many he was a barrier to a better future," said a spokeswoman on his behalf.
"Under his rule the people of Zimbabwe suffered greatly as he impoverished their country and sanctioned the use of violence against them."
Mugabe had been receiving hospital treatment in Singapore since April, Zimbabwe's current leader, Emmerson Mnangagwa said last month.