Thursday, December 5, 2013

Breaking News: Nelson Mandela Icon of Anti-Apartheid Movement Dies at 95

Nelson Mandela, the former South African president whose stubborn
defiance survived 27 years in prison and led to the dismantling of the
country's racist and brutal apartheid system, has died. Mandela
was 95 years old. South Africa's president says Nelson Mandela has
died at age 95. Jacob Zuma says "We've lost our greatest son," South
African President Jacob Zuma said in announcing Mandela's death.
Mandela had a number of issues with his health in recent years
including repeated hospitalizations with a chronic lung infection.
Mandela had been listed in "serious but stable condition" after
entering the hospital in June before returning to home to receive
continued medical care.
In April, Mandela spent 18 days in the hospital due to a lung
infection and was treated for gall stones in December 2012.
Mandela's public appearances had become increasingly rare as he dealt
with his declining health.
His last public appearance was in July of 2010, when he attended the
final match and closing ceremonies of the soccer World Cup held in
South Africa.

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