Nelson Mandela’s granddaughter passes away at 43 due to cancer

Zoleka Mandela, the granddaughter of South African anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela, has passed away at the age of 43 due to cancer, her family announced on Tuesday.

Renowned for documenting her extensive fight against cancer, the author was admitted to the hospital on Monday as part of her ongoing treatment, according to a family spokesperson.

“Zoleka passed away… surrounded by friends and family,” said Zwelabo Mandela.

She was the offspring of Zindzi Mandela, the youngest daughter of Nelson Mandela, and her first spouse, Zwelibanzi Hlongwane.

The family stated that recent scans showed “significant” improvement in the cancer that had affected her hip, liver, lung, pelvis, brain, and spinal cord.

“We mourn the loss of a beloved grandchild of Mum Winnie and Madiba,” wrote the Nelson Mandela Foundation on social media, using the affectionate name by which the Nobel Peace Prize laureate was known.

“Her work in raising awareness about cancer prevention and her unwavering commitment to breaking down the stigma surrounding the disease will continue to inspire us all.”

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