Remembering Nelson Mandela's Life, From Birth to Death

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Former South African Nelson Mandela passed away at age 95 Thursday, leaving behind his wife, six children, and a nation that calls him father. “Nelson Mandela, the founding president of our democratic nation, has departed,” South African present Jacob Zuma, announced at a press conference Thursday. “He passed peacefully.”

Mandela's lifelong fight against racism and social injustice earned him a joint Nobel Peace Prize, and a landslide election win in the country’s first integrated presidential election in 1994. Here, we remember his impossibly large life. [Image: Getty Images]

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