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Nelson Mandela Dead at 95

Former South African leader led crusade against apartheid

Nelson Mandela. Credit: South Africa - The Good News
Nelson Mandela. Credit: South Africa - The Good News
Former South African president Nelson Mandela, a man who captured the world's attention for his stand against apartheid, died Thursday at 95, according to published reports. 

Current South African President Jacob Zuma confirmed Mandela's death to news agencies Thursday afternoon. 

Mandela's crusade against South African apartheid changed the face of the African continent after he served 27 years in prison for his anti-apartheid activities.

Mandela had been in failing health. For more, read the AP story here. 

Members of his family visited Bed-Stuy earlier this year on a book tour. 

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