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Nelson Mandela Dies at Age 95

He is survived by his third wife and three children.
Nelson Mandela, often referred to as the world's most famous political prisoner, has died at the age of 95.

The former South African President who spent 27 years of his life as a prisoner for opposing apartheid passed away after being admitted to a hospital three months ago for a lung infection.

After his release from prison, Mandela, whose philosophy was to learn to love instead of hate, went on to negotiate the end of the white minority rule in South Africa before he became the country's first black president at the age of 75.

In 1993, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, and in 2004, he finally retired.

He is survived by his third wife and three children.

Former president Bill Clinton issued the following statement regarding Mandela's death:

Today the world has lost one of its most important leaders and one of its finest human beings. And Hillary, Chelsea and I have lost a true friend.

History will remember Nelson Mandela as a champion for human dignity and freedom, for peace and reconciliation. We will remember him as a man of uncommon grace and compassion, for whom abandoning bitterness and embracing adversaries was not just a political strategy but a way of life. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Graça and his family and to the people of South Africa. All of us are living in a better world because of the life that Madiba lived. He proved that there is freedom in forgiving, that a big heart is better than a closed mind, and that life’s real victories must be shared.

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