Political foes and allies alike described Tsvangirai as a brave politician who challenged the status quo when few could dare stand up to Robert Mugabe.
The EFF leader sent a glowing tribute to the late MDC leader ahead of his funeral, acknowledging that he did in fact win Zimbabwe's 2008 election.
In the end, Tsvangirai’s long absence engendered a leadership crisis and void.
Zimbabwe's veteran opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai died on Wednesday in South Africa.
They have done little to honour the man who veteran Zimbabwean journalist Peta Thornycroft remembers did more than anyone.
Do the right thing, and honour the great man.
Tsvangirai rose to become the only politician with the weight to counter Robert Mugabe.
“I can confirm that he died this evening. The family communicated this to me,” MDC vice-president Elias Mudzuri told Reuters.
The Movement for Democratic Change party, has described the resignation of long-time leader Robert Mugabe as a "new beginning for everyone in the country".
Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe made no mention of resignation in a television address, defying his own ZANU-PF party which had sacked him hours earlier.