The founding father of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, dies aged 95 in Singapore after battling ill health.

Zimbabwe’s former President Robert Mugabe has died Friday (September 6) at the age of 95.

Mugabe was his country’s founding leader and ruled for nearly four decades.

Then, he was ousted by his own military in 2017.

A source told Reuters he died in Singapore where he had often received medical treatment.

Last year, current President Emmerson Mnangagwa said Mugabe had no longer been able to walk.

It is unclear what treatment Mugabe had been receiving.

Officials often said he was being treated for a cataract denying frequent media reports he had prostate cancer.

A post on Mnangagwa’s official Twitter account shared condolences saying quote,

“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.”

Mugabe was celebrated as a hero that toppled white colonial rule in Zimbabwe when he took power in 1980.

Many later denounced him as an autocrat willing to unleash death squads and rig elections in his pursuit of control.

The 2017 coup came after he after he led the country to the verge of economic collapse.

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