Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013

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Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid icon and former president of South Africa, died today from complications due to a lung infection. He was 95.

We at Next Media Animation mourn his passing and pay tribute to his life and achievements. Our thoughts are with his family and his six children.

Mandela spent 27 years in jail for his role in leading the movement against white-majority rule in South Africa. He was released in 1990 and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993. In 1994 he became the country's first black president after its first all-race elections.

Mandela was admitted to hospital on June 8 for a recurring lung infection. On June 23 South African President Jacob Zuma and Cyril Ramaphosa, deputy president of the country's ruling party, the African National Congress, visited Mandela at the hospital in Pretoria where he was being treated. Zuma also met with Mandela's wife Graca Machel.

It is believed Mandela damaged his lungs working in a prison quarry. He contracted tuberculosis in the 1980s while in prison on Robben Island.

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