King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu of the Zulu nation in South Africa has died in a hospital where he was being treated for diabetes-related issues.
There had been rumors about the Zulu leader’s death since his hospital admission for diabetes treatment last month. He was the longest-serving Zulu monarch in history.
Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini of South Africa has died at age 72, his cousin, Mangosuthu Buthelezi, a powerful veteran politician who is also a Zulu prince, confirmed in a statement on Friday.
“Tragically, while still in hospital, His Majesty’s health took a turn for the worse and he subsequently passed away in the early hours of this morning,” the statement read.
The king was admitted to an intensive care unit for diabetes treatment in a KwaZulu-Natal hospital last month, according to local media.
There had been rumors about the Zulu leader’s death since his hospital admission, which his aides had reportedly been denying.
King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu was the reigning King of the Zulu nation under the Traditional Leadership clause of South Africa’s republican 1996 Constitution. He became King on the death of his father, King Cyprian Bhekuzulu kaSolomon, in 1968.