Former South African President Nelson Mandela has reportedly died. Deadline.com reports that the Nobel Peace Prize winner and longtime activist against South African apartheid is dead at 95.
Mandela entered a hospital June 8 after incurring a lung infection, one of a number of recurring health problems he had in recent years. The story reports that his family began gathering at his home in Johannesburg earlier today.
He was South Africa’s first black president, serving from 1994-1999.
"Imprisoned in 1962, Mandela spent 27 years as a political prisoner in his own country before his 1990 release and subsequently led the charge to end apartheid with the African National Congress," the story reports. "His fight made him an international symbol for peace and progress, earning him the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993, and he became a pop culture icon that resulted in everything from feature film and TV movies about him to mass-produced T-shirts and close ties with high-profile figures from Bill Clinton to Bono."
A film based on his autobiography, "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," starring Idris Elba as Mandela, is currently in theatrical release, with Oscar buzz surrounding the performances of Elba and Naomie Harris, who plays Mandela’s wife, Winnie.
Deadline notes: "Mandela’s life has been repped onscreen many times throughout the decades, starting with the 1987 made-for-TV pic ‘Mandela’ starring Danny Glover. In 2010, Morgan Freeman earned an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Mandela in Clint Eastwood’s ‘Invictus,’ about his efforts to unite his fractured country through the 1995 Rugby World Cup. Terrence Howard played him in 2011’s ‘Winnie,’ told from the perspective of Mandela’s second wife."