Hywel Rhodri Morgan who was a Welsh Labour politician, First Minister of Wales, and the leader of Welsh Labour party from 2000 to 2009, died at the age of 77.
Friends, colleagues and political leaders gathered for the tribute to a man who was described as the “devolution” for Wales and a giant of the “Welsh Labour movement".
Many political leaders have expressed their feeling on Rhodri’s death. "Tonight we’ve lost a good friend, a great man and, above all, a giant of the Welsh Labour Movement,” said the current Labour Leader, Jeremy Corbyn.
He spent more than 30 years in politics, making a name for himself on the Welsh political scene since 1987 after being elected as the MP for Cardiff West till assuming office in the assembly in 1999. He became the first minister after the resignation of Alun Michael.
Morgan announced he would be retiring from politics altogether, on his 70th birthday. The world political community expressed their condolences to the former political leader and said Morgan's demise is a huge loss to Wales. They said their thoughts were with his wife, Julie.