Zoleka Mandela, the granddaughter of the renowned South African anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela, passed away at the age of 43 from cancer, as confirmed by her family on Tuesday.
She was widely recognized for chronicling her extensive fight against the illness and had been hospitalized on Monday for her ongoing treatment, according to a family representative.
“Zoleka passed away… surrounded by friends and family,” said Zwelabo Mandela.
She was the offspring of Zindzi Mandela, Mandela’s youngest daughter, and her first spouse, Zwelibanzi Hlongwane.
The family reported that recent scans indicated “notable” improvement in the cancer that had impacted her hip, liver, lung, pelvis, brain, and spinal cord.
“We mourn the loss of a beloved grandchild of Mum Winnie and Madiba,” the Nelson Mandela Foundation wrote on social media, using the name by which the Nobel Peace Prize laureate was fondly 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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