The BrandLaureate expresses our deepest condolences to the family of Reverend Desmond Tutu who passed away on Sunday, aged 90.

The South African anti-apartheid icon, described as the country’s moral compass, was also a recipient of The BrandLaureate Hall of Fame – Lifetime Achievement Award on Oct 3, 2019.

His death sparked tributes from around the world.

Former US president Barack Obama called Tutu “a mentor, a friend, and a moral compass” who could “find humanity in his adversaries.”

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

US President Joe Biden said he was “heartbroken” to learn of the archbishop’s death.

“Desmond Tutu followed his spiritual calling to create a better, freer, and more equal world,” Biden and First Lady Jill Biden said in a statement that praised Tutu’s “courage and moral clarity.”

The Vatican said in a statement that Pope Francis was saddened and offered “heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones.”

French President Emmanuel Macron said Tutu had “dedicated his life to human rights and equality between peoples.”

“His struggle for the end of apartheid and for reconciliation in South Africa will remain in our memory,” he tweeted.

South African, President Cyril Ramaphosa said Desmond Tutu was a patriot without equal.

“He was a man of extraordinary intellect, integrity and invincibility against the forces of apartheid. He was also compassionate towards those who suffered oppression, injustice and violence under apartheid, and oppressed and downtrodden people around the world.

May his soul R.I.P.


“You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.”

“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”

“My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.”

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