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SOUTH AFRICA (KNOE 8 News) - Nelson Mandela has died at the age of 95.

The news was announced by South Africa President Jacob Zuma in a live news conference where he said "Our nation has lost its greatest son" and "Our people have lost a father".

Mandela was born into a privileged family. He supported non-violence to bring about change.

He became a lawyer and opened the first south African law firm to defend blacks who were forced from their land.

But in 1960, Mandela turned militant when 69 black protestors were massacred.

Mandela lived up to his tribal name, trouble-maker , repeatedly challenging authority.

He was convicted of sabotage and conspiracy to overthrow the government and sentenced to life in prison on South Africa's infamous Robben Island.

He was cut off from the outside world, but Mandela's message and his movement endured. His wife, Winnie, became his unofficial ambassador.

Finally, in 1990, Nelson Mandela was freed, unconscionably.

Mandela became South Africa's first black president and crafted a new constitution.

He preached reconciliation and never spoke of retribution.

Mandela became a larger than life figure with rock star status and celebrities.

He won the Nobel Peace Prize and traveled the world, repairing South Africa's image and promoting tolerance.

Mandela and his wife Winnie divorced in 1996.  He later remarried.

Age eventually slowed him down.

He retired from public life but continued to welcome dignitaries from around the world to his home.

In June he was rushed to the hospital with a lung infection and stayed for three months.

Family members say he fought to stay alive.

He eventually went home but remained in critical condition.

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