Nelson Mandela Dead at 95

Rucuss staffDecember 5, 2013

Former South African President and anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela has died from complications related to a recurring lung infection. He was 95.

Mandela was surrounded by his friends and family at his bed on Thursday. South African President Jacob Zuma announced his death in a televised address to the nation.

“Our nation has lost its greatest son, yet what made Nelson Mandela great was precisely what made him human,” Zuma said. “We saw in him what we seek in ourselves, and in him we saw so much of ourselves.”


Mandela was elected South Africa’s first black president in 1994, after spending 27 years in prison for his role as a leader in South Africa’s anti-apartheid movement. He served as president for five years, until retiring in 1999,

For his part in ending apartheid, Mandela was awarded the US Presidential Medal of Freedom and the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize, among many others.

Mandela is survived by his wife, Graça Machel, six children, and 17 grandchildren.

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