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Mandela’s granddaughter dies of cancer aged 43

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Mandela’s granddaughter dies of cancer aged 43

South African former and Anti-apartheid struggle hero Nelson Mandela’s granddaughter, Zoleka Mandela, has died of cancer at the age of 43, according to her family.

The author, known for chronicling her long fight with the disease, was admitted to the hospital on Monday as part of her ongoing therapy, according to a family spokesman.

“Zoleka passed away… surrounded by friends and family,” said the family spokesman

She was the child of Mandela’s youngest daughter, Zindzi and her first husband, Zwelibanzi Hlongwane.

Recent tests revealed “significant” development in the cancer that impacted her hip, liver, lung, pelvis, brain, and spinal cord, according to her family.

“We mourn the loss of a beloved grandchild of Mum Winnie and Madiba,” the Nelson Mandela Foundation wrote on social media, using the name by which the Nobel Peace Prize laureate was fondly known.

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“Her work in raising awareness about cancer prevention and her unwavering commitment to breaking down the stigma surrounding the disease will continue to inspire us all.”

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