The Amaxhosa King Mpendulo Calvin Zwelonke Sigcawu (51) has died this morning in Mthatha.
He was rushed to hospital on Wednesday evening.
His passing has been confirmed by his uncle, Nkosi Xhanti Sigcawu.
Xhanti has asked for privacy from the public and the media, indicating that a comprehensive statement would be released.
“We are devastated about this as the family but we still have to meet and inform all the people close to the family,” he said.
Zwelonke, the 12th king of the amaXhosa nation, succeeded his father King Xolilizwe Sigcawu in 2005.