JUST IN: Anti-apartheid Hero Desmond Tutu Dies At 90

Tutu's demise was made known on Wednesday following an announcement on the official Twitter handle of Stephen Moreo, the Bishop of Johannesburg.

JUST IN: Anti-apartheid Hero Desmond Tutu Dies At 90 - SurgeZirc SA
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South African Bishop and anti-apartheid activist Archbishop Desmond Tutu have died at the age of 90, SurgeZirc SA reports.

Tutu’s demise was made known on Wednesday following an announcement on the official Twitter handle of Stephen Moreo, the Bishop of Johannesburg.

Moreo’s tweet reads; “ATTENTION. The Anglican Diocese of Johannesburg receives now the sad news of the death of our dearest Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

“The Most Reverend Archbishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu dies at 90. Official note to be released soon.”

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The legendary cleric who in 1984 received the Nobel Prize for Peace for his role in the opposition to apartheid in South Africa was born of Xhosa and Tswana parents and was educated in South African mission schools at which his father taught. Though he wanted a medical career, Tutu was unable to afford training and instead became a schoolteacher in 1955.

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He resigned from his post in 1957. He then attended St. Peter’s Theological College in Johannesburg and was ordained an Anglican priest in 1961. In 1962 he moved to London, wherein in 1966 he obtained an M.A. from King’s College London.

From 1972 to 1975 he served as an associate director for the World Council of Churches. He was appointed dean of St. Mary’s Cathedral in Johannesburg in 1975, the first Black South African to hold that position. From 1976 to 1978 Tutu served as bishop of Lesotho.

In 1978 Tutu accepted an appointment as the general secretary of the South African Council of Churches and became a leading spokesperson for the rights of Black South Africans. During the 1980s he played an unrivalled role in drawing national and international attention to the iniquities of apartheid.

Update: It was later discovered that Tutu is still alive and it was just a death hoax.

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