Former South African President Nelson Mandela has died at age 95 of complications from a recurring lung infection.
The anti-apartheid leader and Nobel laureate was a beloved figure around the world, a symbol of reconciliation from a country with a brutal history of racism.Mandela was released from prison in 1990 after nearly 30 years for plotting to overthrow South Africa's apartheid government. In 1994, in a historic election, he became the nation's first black leader. Mandela stepped down in 1999 after a single term and retired from political and public life.
i know that he's been in the hospital for awhile now, so can't say that i'm shocked or surprised... but still, sad news to hear about a guy like Nelson Mandela passing away.
one of the best things anybody can say is that he made a difference in the lives of so many... he'll be remembered.