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95-Year-Old Nelson Mandela Has Died

Former South African President and civil rights leader Nelson Mandela’s family and friends were seen gathering at his house last night, just days after his eldest daughter told media he was “on his deathbed.” He has died due to complications from a lung infection.

Military personnel, two granddaughters, and close family friends had gathered in his home in Houghton, a suburb of Johannesburg.

Rumors had started to spread recently that Mr. Mandela’s condition had taken a turn for the worse.

Nelson Mandela was a South African politician who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999.  He was famously jailed for 27 years, and even after he was released, worked tirelessly to resist Apartheid.

After retiring from politics, Mandela fought for AIDS/HIV awareness.  He was also responsible for bringing the World Cup of Soccer to South Africa in 2010.   Mandela was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 with Frederik Willem de Klerk for their work for the peaceful termination of the apartheid regime.

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