Last Apartheid President FW de Klerk Dead at 85

FW de Klerk, South Africa’s former president, and the country’s last white leader died at the age of 85.

FW de Klerk, who was also a significant player in the country’s transition to democracy, was diagnosed with cancer this year. 

In 1990, he announced the release of anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela, sparking multi-party elections in 1994.

FW de Klerk shared the Nobel Peace Prize with Nelson Mandela for his role in negotiating the end of apartheid. 

According to a statement released by the former president’s FW de Klerk Foundation on Thursday, he died peacefully at his home in Cape Town after a battle with mesothelioma cancer.

According to the statement, FW de Klerk is survived by his wife Elita, his children Jan and Susan, and his grandkids.

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