Mugabe served as prime minister of Zimbabwe from 1980 to 1987 and then as president from 1987 to 2017.
Tributes started pouring in on Friday morning.
Fadzayi Mahere, Zimbabwe's Education, Sport, Art and Culture Secretary, tweeted: "Rest In Peace, Robert Mugabe. My response to your passing is complicated. I’m going to write a long piece. However, for now, deepest condolences to his family."
The sun rose on a different day in Africa as one of Africa's greatest heros and villan went into the twilight!