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Nelson Mandela was jailed for 27 years for his fight against apartheid in South Africa. (Themba Hadebe/Pool/Reuters)

Nelson Mandela, the iconic South African who fought apartheid throughout his life and ultimately succeeded, has died. He was 95.

He died peacefully, surrounded by family, in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Mandela was a hugely popular figure the world over.

 Nelson Mandela, South Africa's iconic hero and defender of democracy, has died. (Themba Hadebe/Pool/Reuters)He was a prominent international figure for more than half a century, first as a leading human rights campaigner and then as the world's best-known political prisoner, jailed for 27 years.

Following his release on Feb. 11, 1990, at the age of 71, he again became the leader of the anti-apartheid struggle.
In 1993, he and then South African president F.W. de Klerk agreed to end apartheid and establish democratic elections.

A year later, in 1994, he was elected the first president of a democratic South Africa.

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