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Nelson Mandela's Former Wife Dies At 81

Apr. 2 2018, Published 2:04 p.m. ET

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Nelson Mandela's former wife, Winnie Madikizela Mandela, has died.

The anti-apartheid campaigner's assistant confirmed her passing, though her cause of death has not been revealed. Winnie was 81 at the time. readers know Nelson made headlines when he became the first black President of South Africa, with Winnie by his side.

Throughout their years in the political spotlight, the duo fought fiercely in support of black rights.

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Nelson Mandela died on December 5, 2013, after suffering from respiratory problems.

The family will release a statement following Winnie's sad death, according to BBC.

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