The long life of anti-apartheid champion Nelson Mandela has come to an end after South African president Jacob Zuma confirmed the icon of Peaceful Resistance “passed on peacefully” at age 95.
Mandela was hospitalised in Pretoria since June 8 due to a lung infection and his condition had reportedly been deteriorating ever since. With reports that Mandela was on his deathbed, family and friends had gathered at his house to say their final farewells, including two of his granddaughters.
Mandela will be remembered for the extraordinary work he did during his tenure as South African president, including dismantling the legacy of apartheid and his ongoing championing of anti-colonial and anti-apartheid reform in the nation, culminating in his acceptance of the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize, among hundreds of humanitarian awards throughout his lifetime.
Over night in London the biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom premiered.