Zimbabwe's most successful and internationally renowned musician Oliver Mtukudzi died on Wednesday after suffering from diabetes, ending a career that spanned four decades and 67 albums.

The 66-year-old singer, affectionately known as "Tuku," died at a local clinic on Wednesday afternoon, the Minister of Information Monica Mutsvangwa said.

As news of his death filtered out, government ministers, lawmakers and ordinary Zimbabweans set aside the country's political troubles to pay tribute to the most recognized artist to emerge from Zimbabwe onto the international scene.