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December 5, 2013

Nelson Mandela dies at 95

— Nelson Mandela,95, anti-apartheid icon and former South African president, has died.

The Nobel Peace Prize winner's death was announced by South African President Jacob Zuma on Thursday.

Mandela retired from public life life in 2004 and had been dealing with declining health in recent years, including multiple hospital stays, according to NBC.com.

From the Associated Press:

A colossus of the 20th century, Mandela emerged from 27 years in prison to topple apartheid with iron discipline, hardheaded realism and a common touch that endeared him to whites who had been conditioned to regard him as their bitter enemy. His death closes the final chapter in Africa's struggle to cast off white rule, leaving the world with indelible memories of a man of astonishing grace and good humor. Rock concerts celebrated his birthday, Hollywood stars glorified him on screen, and his regal bearing, graying hair and raspy voice made him instantly recognizable across the globe.

Wellwishers sing happy birthday outside the Pretoria Heart Hospital, where Nelson Mandela spends his 95th birthday.  

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