Former South African president Nelson Mandela passed away today. He was 95.

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NDTV reported earlier that his family had gathered at his home in Johannesburg.

Friends and relatives of ailing South African icon Nelson Mandela gathered Thursday at his Johannesburg home where the 95-year-old is said to be on his “deathbed”.

Two of Mandela’s grand-daughters and a close family friend Bantu Holomisa were among those seen entering the house, which was flanked by more than a dozen cars ferrying visitors and military personnel.

The reason for the large-than-usual gathering was not made public, but it comes shortly after Mandela’s daughter Makaziwe described her father as fighting from his “deathbed,” but still being “very strong” and “very courageous”.

“Even when there are moments when you can see he’s struggling, but the fighting spirit is still there with him,” she said earlier this week.

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Nelson Mandela with Fidel Castro

The Communist Party weighed in.

 

 

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