A world renowned figure known for fighting for peace and tolerance has passed away. Breaking News: Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s iconic former president whose lifelong struggle against apartheid helped break the country’s system of racial discrimination died today at the age of 95.

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South African President Jacob Zuma announced the anti-apartheid crusader's death at a somber press conference today according to NBC.

Mandela had been in and out of the hospital for months. His most recent stay began in June, when he was admitted for treatment of a recurring lung infection. He returned home three months later, on Sept. 1, even though his condition remained critical and at times unstable, according to the government. His family applauded the move, saying it would allow them to better provide "love and support" for the ailing icon. Mandela was born on July 18, 1918 in Mthatha, formerly Umtata, in eastern South Africa and is survived by his wife, by three children and more than 25 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.