Former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe, has died, while receiving treatment over undisclosed ailments in Singapore
Mugabe who was 95 years old, had been in poor health, admitted to hospital in early April and unable to walk.
Reports in Zimbabwe say he died in hospital with his wife at his side.
Current president Emmerson Mnangagwa revealed the news of his death on Twitter.
Mnangagwa hailed Mugabe as an ‘icon of liberation and said his ‘contribution to the history of our nation and continent will never be forgotten’ but he will be little mourned by many of his countrymen who are now free to say so without fear of repression.
Mugabe ruled Zimbabweans for 40-years, during which time there was bloodshed, persecution of political opponents and vote-rigging on a large scale.
In 2000 he led a campaign to evict white farmers from their land, which was given to black Zimbabweans, and led to famine
Robert Mugabe, whose brutal rule of Zimbabwe turned his country into an international outcast and left it mired in corruption, violence and economic crisis.
Mugabe came to power in 1980 as the founding leader of Zimbabwe after the country became fully independent from British rule.
But his own rule was marked by murder, bloodshed, torture, persecution of political opponents, intimidation and vote-rigging on a grand scale and there was jubilation in the streets of Zimbabwe when he was toppled in 2017.
And under Mugabe’s leadership the economy of a mineral-rich country descended into chaos with thousands of people reduced to grinding poverty, many of them suffering from near-starvation and worse.
These photographs of the Robert Mugabe, taken in Singapore, show him looking frail and weak alongside his favourite son Robert Junior.