Tanzania’s Vice President Samia Sulhu Hassan has announced the death of President John Magufuli.
The announcement was made on Wednesday on state television.
Tuesday marked 17 days since the 61-year-old has been seen in public, and despite a clamour of rumours of ill-health, the Tanzanian authorities have yet to provide clear answers as to his whereabouts.
The mere question is now leading to arrests, as the government seeks to contain the rumours.
Magufuli last appeared in public on February 27, and the fervent Catholic has missed three Sunday services, where he would often address the congregation.