December 5, 2013
Revered by millions as a beacon of hope against oppression and as an archetype of reconciliation, Nelson Mandela is survived by his wife, Graça Machel, six children, 17 grandchildren ... and he leaves behind a grieving nation.
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After his tenure as president, Mandela acted as a global elder statesman, an adviser, mediator and honest broker in times of crisis. In his later years, he suffered from dementia. As long as he drew breath, however, he was a living symbol of hope and triumph. He will be desperately missed.
Nelson Mandela guided South Africa from the shackles of apartheid to multi-racial democracy, as an icon of peace and reconciliation who came to embody the struggle for justice around the world.