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 While the world mourns to the death of South Africa's anti-apartheid icon Archbishop Desmond Tutu, his words will keep alive in the hearts of the many. He was 90 years old.

Former US president Barack Obama described him as "a mentor, friend and moral compass".

Fellow Nobel Peace laureate in a statement said: "A universal spirit, Archbishop Tutu was grounded in the struggle for liberation and justice in his own country, but also concerned with injustice everywhere."

Archbishop Tutu was a tireless activist who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for combatting white-minority rule in his country.

Cape Town Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis said: "Lighting up the City Hall and Table Mountain will be a powerful image and a reminder to South Africans and to the world of this wonderful, remarkable man whose loss we feel very deeply."

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said he had helped bequeath "a liberated South Africa."

He described him as "a man of extraordinary intellect, integrity and invincibility against the forces of apartheid, he was also tender and vulnerable in his compassion for those who had suffered oppression, injustice and violence under apartheid, and oppressed and downtrodden people around the world."

US President Joe Biden meanwhile, said he was "heartbroken to learn of the passing of a true servant of God and of the people."

Queen Elizabeth II also remembered Tutu's great warmth and humour. "Archbishop Tutu's loss will be felt by the people of South Africa and by so many people in Great Britain, Northern Ireland and across the Commonwealth, where he was held in such high affection and esteem," she wrote in a message.

Tutu's foundation said in a statement that his funeral will be held on January 1 at Cape Town's St. Gearge's Cathedral, his former parish.

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