Mandela has battled health issues in recent years and was often hospitalized. He was most recently hospitalized on June 8 for what the government said was a recurring lung infection.

FMR South African President Nelson Mandela Hospitalized for Lung Infection [VIDEO]

Mandela became South Africa’s first black president in 1994 after spending 27 years in prison for his fight against racist apartheid rule, and was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts. He immediately made it clear that he would not lead his people in seeking retribution for the centuries of injustice and pain.

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