The South African cleric and anti-apartheid activist died at the Oasis Frail Care Centre in Cape Town, South Africa, on Dec. 26. He was 90. "Tutu was a living embodiment of faith in action, speaking boldly against racism, injustice, corruption, and oppression, not just in apartheid South Africa but wherever in the world he saw wrongdoing, especially when it impacted the most vulnerable and voiceless in society," a statement from the Desmond & Leah Legacy Foundation shared, in confirming the news of his passing. "While Tutu was first and always an Anglican priest who made no secret of his deep dependence on the inner life of disciplined prayer, his faith burst the confines of denomination and religion, joyfully embracing all who shared his passion for justice and love. People of all faiths and no faith together christened him fondly as simply ‘The Arch.'" Tutu spent six decades actively pushing for the end of apartheid in his native of South Africa. Shortly after the end of apartheid in 1990, the then President, Nelson Mandela appointed Tutu as the chair of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Throughout his life he was honored with many prestigious accolades. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama and one of his highest honors came when he received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984. Tutu is survived by his wife Nomalizo Leah Tutu, siblings Trevor Thamsanqa Tutu, Naomi Nontombi Tutu, Theresa Thandeka Tutu, Mpho Tutu van Furth and their families.
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