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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