Nelson Mandela’s Daughter Zindzi Dead At 59

Zindzi Mandela, the daughter of South Africa’s anti-apartheid icons Nelson Mandela and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, has died, public broadcaster SABC has reported.

She died in Johannesburg on Monday morning aged 59.

The death has been confirmed by a family source, SABC reports.

She was the South African ambassador to Denmark at the time of her death. The cause of her death was not immediately revealed.

“The 59-year-old daughter of former president Nelson Mandela and struggle stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, passed away at a Johannesburg hospital in the early hours of this morning,”

said SABC.

She was Nelson Mandela’s sixth child and his second with Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. Zindzi is survived by her husband Molapo and four children Zoleka, Zondwa, Bambatha and Zwelabo.

Zindzi studied law at the University of Cape Town and is also a published poet with the book Black as I am. Her father, also affectionately known as Madiba, spent 27 years in prison, many of them on Robben Island, before his release in 1990.

He went on to become the first president of South Africa in the fully democratic post-apartheid era, serving from 1994 to 1999.

Nelson Mandela tragically died on December 5, 2013, at the age of 95 after contracting a respiratory infection.

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