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Nelson Mandela: A Life Like No Other

On.Aol takes a look back at the extraordinary life of Nelson Mandela, who died on Thursday at the age of 95.

Mandela. Credit: South Africa - The Good News
Mandela. Credit: South Africa - The Good News
By Patch Editor Marc Richardson

Anti-apartheid crusader and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Nelson Mandela is dead.

Mandela spent a lifetime fighting for human rights, including the 27 years he spent behind bars fighting racial segregation in South Africa. He won that battle and became president of his country.

Jen Markham takes a look back at his extraordinary life, by telling viewers to, "imagine George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Martin Luther King all wrapped up into one person. That's what Nelson Mandela was to his home of South Africa."

Rolihlahla Mandela was born into the Madiba clan in Mvezo, Transkei, on July 18, 1918. According to the NelsonMandela.org website: "No words can adequately describe this enormous loss to our nation and to the world." 

The organization goes on to say, "We give thanks for his life, his leadership, his devotion to humanity and humanitarian causes. We salute our friend, colleague and comrade and thank him for his sacrifices for our freedom. The three charitable organisations that he created dedicate ourselves to continue promoting his extraordinary legacy."

Funeral arrangements will be released by the current S. Africa President in the days to come.

What's your reaction to Nelson Mandela's death and his extraordinary life?  

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