Family: Ambrosini took his own life

Mario Oriani-Ambrosini’s family says he took his own life after a long battle with cancer.

Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) Member of Parliament (MP) Mario Oriani-Ambrosini. Picture: Facebook.

CAPE TOWN - In a statement on Monday evening, the family of Inkatha Freedom Party(IFP) Member of Parliament Mario Oriani-Ambrosini said, 'he decided to end his long battle' with cancer at the weekend.

The statement went on to say, Ambrosini was in the last stages of terminal lung cancer and decided to end his long battle of suffering with a positive and very conscious decision on his part.

'He did not want to suffer anymore, nor did his family want him to.'

The IFP MP died at his home in Cape Town during the early hours of Saturday morning.

He was 53 years old.

When asked whether Ambrosini took his own life, the family responded with 'he decided to end his suffering', not providing any further details.

His family says they respect his decision.

Meanwhile, MPs are expected to pay tribute to Ambrosini when the National Assembly reconvenes today.

The tenacious MP fought and won a Constitutional Court battle for MPs to introduce bills without the consent of the National Assembly.

He also lobbied for the use of medical marijuana.

IFP MP Narend Singh says political party leaders will get an opportunity to pay their respects in the house this afternoon.

"My own association with Mario has been one that I will always remember; a very remarkable young man who could think on his feet. He is the one that contributed greatly to the drafting of the Constitution of the country as well as the Constitution of the IFP."