December 5th, 2013
04:48 PM ET
8 months ago

Nelson Mandela, anti-apartheid icon and father of modern South Africa, dies

(CNN) – Nelson Mandela, the revered statesman who emerged from prison after 27 years to lead South Africa out of decades of apartheid, has died, South African President Jacob Zuma announced late Thursday. He was 95.

The former president battled health issues in recent months, including a recurring lung infection that led to numerous hospitalizations.

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