JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) -- South Africa's president says Nelson Mandela has died at age 95.
Mandela had spent almost three months in a Pretoria hospital after being admitted in June with a recurring lung infection. The 95-year-old liberation struggle icon was discharged in September and had been receiving home-based medical attention since then.
Since June the Presidency has consistently described his condition as "critical but stable."
Last month, Mandela's ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was quoted as saying he was no longer talking "because of all the tubes that are in his mouth to clear (fluid from) the lungs."
He had been plagued several times with lung problems over the past three years and was hospitalized at least four times for the condition.
In February 2011, he was briefly hospitalized with a respiratory infection before being re-hospitalized for a lung infection and gallstone removal in December 2012. After a successful medical procedure in early March 2013, his lung infection recurred, and he was briefly hospitalized in Pretoria. On June 8, his lung infection worsened, and he was re-hospitalized in Pretoria in a serious condition.
Mandela was jailed for 27 years under white racist rule and released in 1990. He then played a leading role in steering the divided country from the apartheid era to democracy, becoming South Africa’s first black president in all-race elections in 1994.