Report: Official says Nelson Mandela is on life support

By Stephen C. Webster
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 15:57 EDT
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Former South African President Nelson Mandela is pictured in Sandton, north of Johannesburg on June 17, 2010. (AFP)
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South Africa’s first president and anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela is on life support and non-responsive, an official tells CNN.

The 94 year old was hospitalized since earlier this month due to a lung infection, and doctors said he’s been in critical condition since Sunday.

Hopes were high that Mandela’s health would return after he was released from a hospital in April after a 10-day stint caused by a bout with pneumonia.

However, as his latest ordeal appears to be worsening, the government has simply said that Mandela’s doctors are trying to make him as comfortable as possible.

Mandela’s family has yet to make a statement, but were rumored to be working out the details of his funeral arrangements.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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