Former South African President and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Nelson Mandela has died at the age of 95, Closer has learned. Current president Jacob Zuma made the announcement in a national address to the nation this evening.
The politician had recently been suffering from various health issues, including being hospitalized last June for a lung infection. He is survived by his third wife Graça Machel and his three daughters.
Mandela spent 27 years as a political prisoner in South Africa before being released in 1990 and becoming the country's president four years later. He became an international symbol for peace after leading the charge to end apartheid with the African National Congress.
His pop culture status has led to many onscreen depictions of his life and work, including the film "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," in theaters now.
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