- Mugabe's government detained Tsvangirai on numerous occasions over his vocal criticism of the regime.
- Tsvangirai also claimed to have been the target of four assassination attempts
Morgan Tsvangirai, the veteran Zimbabwean opposition leader who fought Robert Mugabe's regime for many years, died on Wednesday after battling against cancer, a party official said.
Tsvangirai, who founded the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) in 1999, was among the most prominent critics of Mugabe, the long-time authoritarian leader who was ousted from power in November.
"It is sad for me to announce that we have lost our icon and fighter for democracy," Elias Mudzuri, one of the vice-presidents of the MDC, said on Twitter.
Tsvangirai's death was confirmed to AFP by another senior party member. He was 65.