Zimbabwe’s opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai dies aged 65
He had been battling colon cancer for two years. (Picture: AP Photo/ Ben Curtis)

Zimbabwe’s main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has died at the age of 65.

Elias Mudzuri, a vice president of the MDC, said Mr Tsvangirai died this evening in a Johannesburg hospital.

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He had been battling colon cancer for two years.

Mr Tsvangirai was the most potent challenger to long-time ruler Robert Mugabe for years.

The 65-year-old came close to winning power in 2008 when he got the most votes in the national election.

However according to official results, he was just short of the more than 50% majority needed to win outright.

He boycotted the run-off, citing widespread violence against his supporters, handing Mr Mugabe the victory.

Elias Mudzuri said on Twitter: ‘It is sad for me to announce that we have lost our icon and fighter for democracy.’