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Nelson Mandela Dies At 95

Former South African president Nelson Mandela has died at the age of 95.

Mandela had been battling a lung infection for months. He was surrounded by his family and friends at his home when he died.

Mandela fought for years to end South Africa's apartheid, an oppressive policy of segregation. In 1994, he was elected president of South Africa, a position he held for five years.

Mandela had been in declining health for years, sparking an outpouring of prayers and well-wishes from around the world.

Nelson mandela is survived by his wife, six children and 17 grandchildren.

President Barack Obama made a statement from the White House Thursday afternoon on the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela. He said Mandela achieved more than could be expected of any man; he lives for the ages.

Obama met with Mandela's family earlier this year when he visited South Africa. But he did not meet with the ailing leader, who was hospitalized throughout the U.S. president's visit.


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