South African Nobel Peace Laureate Desmond Tutu Hospitalized

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Desmond Tutu takes the stage during the 2014 Starkey Hearing Foundation So The World May Hear Gala on July 20, 2014 in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Desmond Tutu takes the stage during the 2014 Starkey Hearing Foundation So The World May Hear Gala on July 20, 2014 in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Photographer: Adam Bettcher/Getty Images

South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu has been hospitalized to treat a persistent infection, according to his daughter.

Tutu’s family expects he’ll be released from the hospital in Cape Town in the next day or two, Mpho Tutu said in a statement released on Tuesday by the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation, a charity created by him and his wife.

Tutu, 83, won the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize for his opposition to white-minority rule in South Africa, which ended a decade later. While he has withdrawn from active public life in recent years, Tutu remains an outspoken champion on human rights and an advocate for anti-poverty and AIDS programs.

He has previously fought prostate cancer.

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