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Prayers for Nelson Mandela, Y'all

Get well soon sir
by Mikey Agulto | Jun 24, 2013
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Gloomy news ahead, fellas: We may be saying goodbye to a worldwide icon real soon.

It has come to our attention that former South African president Nelson Mandela is now in critical condition, two weeks after being brought to a hospital because of a lung infection.

A government statement said that SA President Jacob Zuma and African National Congress (ANC) deputy leader Cyril Ramaphosa visited Mandela in his Pretoria hospital, and explained that the 94-year-old global icon's condition have worsened in the last 24 hours. It is also worth noting that this is his fourth hospitalization in six months.

Nelson Mandela                                                                                  Image c/o Retronaut.com

"The doctors are doing everything possible to get his condition to improve and are ensuring that [Mandela] is well looked after and is comfortable," the statement adds. His condition was previously described as "serious but stable," but Mandela family members and his presidential successor, Thabo Mbecki, recently suggested he ain't doing so good at the moment.

"Obviously we are very worried," said ANC spokesman Jackson Mthembu last week. "We are praying for him, his family, and his doctors." The South African media have also started contemplating on Mandela's eventual passing, with one of the publications carrying a front-page headline saying it was "time to let him go."

Nelson Mandela                                                                                      Image c/o Retronaut.com

For those who aren't in the know, Nelson Mandela was South Africa's first black president. After spending nearly three decades in prison for fighting the opression and racism brought about by the almost 300 years of white domination, he became a vital figure in establishing an anti-apartheid movement and a peaceful transition to democracy in 1994.

A perpetual icon in the African-American community, Mandela would go on to be portrayed in films by Sidney Poitier (Mandela and de Klerk), Dennis Haysbert (Goodbye Bafana), David Harewood (Mrs. Mandela), and Morgan Freeman (Invictus) in the years that followed. Stevie Wonder even dedicated this Oscar-winning song for Nelson in 1985:

                                     
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