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Nelson Mandela, Former South African President, Passes Away

December 05, 2013

(Dec. 5, 2013) Nelson Mandela, anti-apartheid leader and South Africa's first democratic president, died at his home after several months of ongoing health problems. He was 95. Current South African president Jacob Zuma announced his death in a national address.       

Autism Speaks joins the world in mourning the loss of a great man, and celebrates the legacy of human dignity he leaves behind.



"Our human compassion binds us the one to the other - not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future."

Nelson Mandela 1918-2013