Thousands have taken to social media to convey their messages of condolences to Zulu King, Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu. On Twitter ‘Zulu’ and ‘King Goodwill Zwelithini’ have been the top trending topics after the announcement of the King’s passing.

The King passed away on Friday morning at the age of 72.ย  Former Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) leader, Mangosuthu Buthelezi, confirmed the death.

The King was being treated for an ongoing diabetes problem. He was admitted to the hospital last week to receive treatment for unstable blood glucose levels.

According to Buthelezi, the King had several unstable blood glucose readings over the past few weeks prompting the decision by doctors to admit him to ICU for treatment.