Zimbabwe’s controversial former president Robert Mugabe has died in hospital at the age of 95.
He had been battling ill health and passed away early this morning
He was removed from office in a military coup in 2017 after spending 37 years in power.
The news of his death was confirmed by the current president Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Mr Mnangagwa said he announced the news with "utmost sadness".
Cde Mugabe was an icon of liberation, a pan-Africanist who dedicated his life to the emancipation and empowerment of his people. His contribution to the history of our nation and continent will never be forgotten. May his soul rest in eternal peace (2/2)
— President of Zimbabwe (@edmnangagwa) September 6, 2019
Robert Mugabe came to power in 1980 - first serving as prime minister and then as president.
At the age of 93, he was the world's oldest head of state before he was dramatically ousted from power in November 2017.
Announcing his resignation that month, he said he had chosen to step down "to allow the smooth transfer of power" and had made the decision voluntarily.
During his early years as leader, he was widely credited with helping free the country from British colonial rule and major improvements in areas such as education.
However, he ultimately led his country from independence into repression and economic collapse.
Later years saw his governments widely accused of a "litany" of human rights abuses - with Amnesty highlighting issues such as widespread corruption, repression of political opponents and policies that had "disastrous consequences for his people".
In August, Mr Mnangagwa revealed his predecessor had spent several months in hospital in Singapore and was unable to walk.