Zimbabwe president
Zimbabwe ex-president Robert Mugabe.Reuters

Ex-president of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe, the first post-independence leader of the country, passed away aged 95 on Friday, September 6. The Zimbabwean leader died in Singapore, where he had received medical treatment for several years, reported Reuters.

While not much information has been revealed about Mugabe's health, officials had rebuffed claims of prostate cancer and maintained that he was being treated for cataract.

President of the African republic Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa confirmed the news on Twitter and wrote: "It is with the utmost sadness that I announce the passing on of Zimbabwe's founding father and former President, Cde Robert Mugabe."

Mugabe was a Zimbabwean revolutionary who served as the country's Prime Minister from 1980 to 1987 and then became the President from 1987 to 2017.

He was ousted in a military coup by his own party members in November 2017, ending his three-decade reign, and was replaced by Emmerson Mnangagwa.