Fiji Labour Leader Mahendra Chaudhry says the passing away of Lavinia Padarath who was serving as the President of the Fiji Labour Party is a great loss.
Padarath passed away at the age of 74 at the CWM Hospital yesterday.
Chaudhry says Padarath was deeply committed to her role as Party President.
The family has confirmed that funeral arrangements will be announced later.
Padarath was a foundation member of the Fiji Labour Party and served as its Minister for Women, Culture and Social Welfare in the 1999/2000 Labour Government and was appointed a Senator in the Upper House in 2006.
Along with five other Labour Ministers, she was held hostage at gun point in Parliament for 35 days following the 2000 coup.
She was appointed Fiji Labour Party President in 2011.
She is survived by her two sons, Ben and Julian, daughter Anna and four grand children.