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Nelson Mandela passes away at age 95


JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (WKOW) -- South Africa's president says Nelson Mandela has died.

The 95-year-old spent almost three months in a hospital in Pretoria after being admitted in June with a recurring lung infection. He was discharged in September and has been receiving home-based medical attention since then.

The former South African president spent 27 years in prison before becoming the nation's leader and leading South Africa through apartheid.

"He is now resting. He is now at peace," said current South African President Jacob Zuma. "Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father."

Earlier this week, Mandela's daughter, Makaziwe Mandela said her father was still inspiring his children and grandchildren.

"The indomitable human spirit that could never be conquered, even now, the spirit is still very, very strong even if he is sick on his bed. It is the triumph over adversity," she said.

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