South African Anglican Archbishop and Nobel Nobel laureate Desmond Emeritus Tutu is dead.

Tutu died at the Oasis Frail Care Centre in Century City, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa on Sunday morning.

South African president Cyril Ramaphosa announced Tutu's passing through his social media accounts.

"The passing of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu is another chapter of bereavement in our nation’s farewell to a generation of outstanding South Africans who have bequeathed us a liberated South Africa," Ramaphosa tweeted.

Until his demise, Tutu has been battling complications occasioned by the prostate cancer which he was diagnosed with in January 1997.

He won the Nobel Peace Prize for his non-violent opposition to apartheid in 1984.

Tutu will be remembered as one of the most prominent anti-apartheid and human rights activist of his time.

Tutu coined and popularised the term "Rainbow Nation" as a metaphor for post-apartheid South Africa after 1994 under ANC rule.

He got worldwide recognition for his unwavering stand for justice and reconciliation as well as his unmatched integrity