South Africa's first black president Nelson Mandela died at the age of 95 at his home in Johannesburg, South Africa on Thursday (December 5, 2013). The ex-boxer and lawyer had received intensive medical care at home for a lung infection after returning from the hospital five months ago. He passed away shortly before 21:00 local time (19:00 GMT) surrounded by close family. His death came months after he celebrated the 95th birthday on July 18.
Nelson Mandela, who appeared in public for the last time at the football World Cup in South Africa in 2010, was survived by his third wife Graca Machel. The anti-apartheid icon got married with the dedicated humanitarian on his 80th birthday in 1998. Graca Machel was the widow of Mozambican president Samora Machel. In 1975, she became the First Minister of Education in the country. She has also won a lot of awards for her humanitarian work, such as the Nansen Medal and the Laureate of Africa Prize for Leadership for the Sustainable End of Hunger.
Before wedding Graca Machel, Nelson Mandela tied the knot with Winnie Madikizela-Mandela in June 1958. The pair divorced in 1996 and have two daughters, Zindzi and Zenani. Previously, in 1944, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate married Evelyn Mase, the cousin of African National Congress (ANC) stalwart Walter Sisulu. The two have three children together.
Nelson Mandela passed away at his home in Johannesburg, South Africa on Thursday (December 5, 2013). He was survived by his wife Graca Machel, ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and three children, Makaziwe, Zindzi and Zenani.
Nelson Mandela’s wife Graca Machel was the widow of Mozambican president Samora Machel, who died in an air crash in 1986.
In 1998, the couple tied the knot on his 80th birthday.
Graca Machel was a member of The Elders, which was founded by Nelson Mandela. The group was chaired by former Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan, with the goal of working together for peace and human rights.
Graca Machel arrived at the Mandela Day Gala Dinner hosted by 46664 and the Nelson Mandela Foundation at Grand Central Terminal in New York City.