South Africa’s last white president, FW de Klerk, dead at 85

Former South African President FW de Klerk has died at the age of 85.

Former South African President de Klerk has been diagnosed with cancer this year, British media quoted a spokesman for the former president as saying. De Clerk was President of South Africa from September 1989 to May 1994.

The British media added that de Klerk and Nelson Mandela were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 for their support in ending racism.

A statement from the former president’s FW de Klerk Foundation on Thursday said that he died peacefully at his home in Cape Town following his struggle against mesothelioma cancer.

The foundation had announced the diagnosis – a cancer that affects the lining of the lungs – in June.

De Klerk is survived by his wife Elita, his children Jan and Susan and his grandchildren, the statement said.


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