The current President, John Magufuli who announced his death during a short televised speech on Friday, said he died at Dar es Salaam hospital, though the cause of his death was not revealed.
“I’m saddened by the death of the third president of Tanzania and that is a big loss for us as a country.
“Let’s pray for him and more information will follow later,” he said.
He also said that the country will hold a period of seven days of mourning, in honor of the deceased.
Before his death, Mkapa was the country’s third president after independence from Britain in 1962 and ruled from 1995 to 2005.