Nelson Mandela Dead at Age 95

Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black president and an enduring icon of the struggle against apartheid, died on Thursday, according to the government of South Africa.

Nelson Mandela served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999.

United Nations moment of silence.

On July 4 2013 it was reported that David Smith, a lawyer acting on behalf of Mandela family members, claimed in court on June 26 that Mandela was in a permanent vegetative state and life support should be shut off, but The South African Presidency stated that the doctors treating Mandela denied that he is in a vegetative state.On July 10, 2013, Zuma’s office announced that Mandela remained in critical but stable condition, and was responding to treatment.

He died just before midnight, local South Africa Standard Time Thursday.

Nelson Mandela in 2008.

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