Exiled Zimbabwe opposition leader killed in helicopter crash

Helicopter wreckage in remote New Mexico desert
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Exiled Zimbabwean opposition leader, Roy Bennett, has been killed in a helicopter crash in a remote part of New Mexico in the US. His wife, Heather, also died along with three others.

"Roy and Heather Bennett have been tragically killed in a helicopter accident in North America. I am devastated- they were two of Zimbabwe’s greatest patriots."

David Colthart Senator

Roy Bennett was a former Treasurer General of the Movement for Democratic Change and spent time in prison under Robert Mugabe.

He was known as "pachedu", meaning "one of us" in Shona, a language he was fluent in.