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article imageNelson Mandela dies at the age of 95

By Layne Weiss     Dec 5, 2013 in World
Pretoria - Nelson Mandela, South Africa's first black president whose resilience helped end the country's brutal apartheid, has died at the age of 95.
Mandela had a number of health issues in recent years, and had been hospitalized for a lung infection in April and then again in June.
In July, South Africa celebrated Nelson Mandela's 95th birthday as he laid in the hospital, his condition remaining "chronic but stable" according to various media reports.
Due to his ailing health, Mandela's public appearances had become a rarity.
His last public appearance was at the final match and closing ceremonies of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Mandela had been receiving intense treatment at home for his lung infection, BBC News reports.
South African president Jacob Zuma released a statement on South African national television saying Mandela had "departed" and was at peace.
One of the true giants of our history, Nelson Mandela fought against South Africa's apartheid and endured 27 years in prison. In 1993, Mandela and FW De Klerk were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their work for the peaceful termination of the apartheid regime, and for laying the foundations for a new democratic South Africa."
In 1994, Nelson Mandela became South Africa's first black president. Though he only served one term, he remained one of the most influential figures of our time, fighting against decades of racism and creating a "Rainbow Nation," The NY Times reports.
The United Nations Security Council observes a minute of silence upon the news of the death of forme...
The United Nations Security Council observes a minute of silence upon the news of the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela, at the U.N. headquarters in New York December 5, 2013
With permission by Reuters / Eskinder Debebe
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