R.I.P: Former South African President Nelson Mandela Passes Away At Age 95

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Nelson Mandela Dies At Age 95

After his daughter confirmed earlier this week that her father was remaining strong but “not doing well,” former South African President Nelson Mandela has passed away.

via CNN

Nelson Mandela, the revered statesman who emerged from prison after 27 years to lead South Africa out of decades of apartheid, has died, South African President Jacob Zuma announced late Thursday. He was 95.

The former president battled health issues in recent months, including a recurring lung infection that led to numerous hospitalizations.

With advancing age and bouts of illness, Mandela retreated to a quiet life at his boyhood home in the nation’s Eastern Cape Province, where he said he was most at peace.
Despite rare public appearances, he held a special place in the nation’s consciousness.

In a nation healing from the scars of apartheid, Mandela became a moral compass.

His defiance of white minority rule and incarceration for fighting against segregation focused the world’s attention on apartheid, the legalized racial segregation enforced by the South African government until 1994.

In his lifetime, he was a man of complexities. He went from a militant freedom fighter, to a prisoner, to a unifying figure, to an elder statesman.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to former President Mandela’s family, friends and the people of South Africa during this time.

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