Zimbabwe is in mourning following the death of Alex Tawanda Magaisa, aged 46.
Magaisa had been suffering from a ‘heart issue,’ which he announced on social media in 2013.
A family member said that Magaisa had been admitted to the hospital on Friday after a series of blackouts. At around 10am he suffered a cardiac arrest and passed away.
The political Advisor, writer, and law lecturer served as a one-time advisor to Zimbabwe’s late Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai. He also produced a personal blog called The Big Saturday Read.
The UK- based law lecturer had also been described as a strong critic of the government and a fierce fighter for a more democratic nation.
A flood of tributes was posted on social media. Many were deeply saddened by the news and remembered Magaisa as a ‘fierce’ man whose passing would leave an unfillable void in the country’s public discourse.
Ibbo Mandaza, a fellow academic tweeted:
“Just received the sad news that Alex Magaisa is no more, a great loss to Zimbabwe’s intellectual community and to the struggle for a better and democratic Zimbabwe.”
Former Minister Jonathan Moyo tweeted:
“He was a fierce interlocutor, prolific writer, and an indefatigable contributor to the quest for a better Zimbabwe. His tragic death leaves an unfillable void in the country’s public discourse.”
Former deputy prime minister Arthur Mutambara described Magaisa as a distinguished intellectual and a ‘though leader.’ He tweeted: “His contribution to the Zimbabwean discourse will always be cherished