Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the 1984 Nobel Peace laureate who fought apartheid in South Africa, has died at the age of 90 after a long battle with prostate cancer.
Archbishop Tutu inspired generations with his leadership and activism. Tutu became an activist against apartheid after becoming just the second black South African to be ordained as an Anglican priest.
What caused the death of Desmond Tutu?
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Mpilo Tutu died on Saturday, December 27th, 2021, at the age of 90. South African president Cyril Ramaphosa called his passing a “profound loss.” He extended his deepest sympathies to Mam Leah Tutu, the Tutu family, and all who admired the lifelong activist.
The president did not disclose the cause of death of Nobel Peace Laureate Desmond Tutu, however, it’s worth noting that he was given at least one dose of a Covid-19 immunization in May this year.
Since his 1990s cancer diagnosis, his health had attracted attention. He was admitted to the hospital several times following his diagnosis. Desmond Tutu also had surgery several times to try to stop the spread of his prostate cancer. It’s still unclear whether or not Desmond Tutu’s prostate cancer was a direct cause of his death.
When was Desmond Tutu first diagnosed with prostate cancer?
On January 17, 1997, AP News first broke the news that Desmond Tutu had been diagnosed with prostate cancer. It was later reported that the cancer had spread beyond his prostate. To stop its progression, he was to receive “hormone therapy and radiation treatment.
Between 2010 and 2015, there were several reports of Desmond Tutu being admitted at the hospital for reasons ranging from surgery to infection.
He may have survived an illness that was thought to be polio as a baby and TB as a teenager.
Following a surgical procedure in 2016, Anglican News wrote that Desmond Tutu was “in excellent spirits.” The operation was intended to target the source of the recurrent illnesses.
Following the surgery, his wife, Leah Tutu, said it was a success. However, 10 days later he returned to the hospital for “a medical issue,” according to Reuters.
The death of Archbishop Desmond Tutu has been met with expressions of sorrow from around the world. Among them are UK Labour leader Keir Starmer, South Africa’s president Cyril Ramaphosa.
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